Analysis Of Gattaca 's ' Gattaca ' Presents Us With A Futuristic Utopia

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“How does the author of Gattaca use one or more of the following techniques to develop ideas: Symbolism, Juxtaposition and flashbacks.”
Andrew Niccol’s ‘Gattaca’ presents us with a futuristic utopia where genetic enhancement is a normality and society now has discrimination down to a science. The film explores the life of Vincent Freeman, a degenerate who is denied the opportunity to achieve his dream of becoming an astronaut due to his inferior DNA. Vincent adopts the identity of renowned swimmer and genetically engineered Jerome Morrow, in order to pursue his lifelong dream of obtaining a position in the Gattaca Aerospace Corporation and travel to space. Niccol uses juxtaposition, symbolism and flashbacks to convey the idea of a natural versus clinical society and that there is no gene for human spirit.
Flashbacks are used consistently throughout Gattaca to showcase Vincent’s inability to surpass his genetically modified younger brother. Viewers are first presented with a flashback showing the birth of Vincent who is considered a faith-born conceived from happiness, in contrast to Anton who is genetically engineered with the ‘best’ of their parent’s genes. The doctor provides the family with the shocking health statistics before they even see their new born child, a life expectancy of 30.2 and a 99% chance of heart failure. In contrast to his brother, Anton is shown to be the epitome of the perfect son: intelligent, good looking, athletic and bold. The frequent…

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