Genetic Engineering Quotes In Gattaca

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Gattaca is a science fiction film about the idea of science and technology in the late 20th century, that created an imaginary and futuristic society based on genetic engineering. Gattaca features the actors, Ethan Hawke (Vincent Anton Freeman), Jude Law (Jerome Eugene Morrow), Uma Thurman (Irene Cassini), and Loren Dean (Anton Freeman), to relay the story of a young boy who was conceived outside the eugenics program, and struggles to overcome genetic discrimination and fulfill his dream of traveling into space. In Vincent's society eugenics is very common, and although genetic discrimination is illegal, people are still classified as “invalid” or “Valid” using the biometric system. “Invalids” are naturally conceived specimens, that are …show more content…
The turning point in Vincent's life was when he played “chicken” with his brother when they were younger. Anton would always beat Vincent because he was stronger. But, one day Vincent was more determined than ever and he believed in himself. Vincent told his brother, “You want to know how I did it? This is how I did it, I never saved anything for the swim back.” Beating his brother made him realize he never had to give up on himself, and that despite what his genetics told people, he could do anything he set his mind to. Vincent hires a doctor that will genetically transform Vincent into a “valid” man named Jerome Eugene Morrow. Jerome is a very smart man, who was very successful in the sport of swimming. Jerome is very intelligent but also has seemed to have lost himself the day he won silver in his swim competition. Jerome is very suicidal, depressed, angry, and has become a very bad alcoholic. Jerome is a perfect match for Vincent because they look alike and Jerome has been an unknown foreign ever since the incident that resulted in him becoming crippled. The doctor transforms Vincent into Jerome by dying his hair and giving him eye contacts, Jerome's urine, blood, bone grafts, and fingerprints/tips. After this physical transformation, Vincent must continually be very conscious of where he leaves his genetic print. For this reason, Vincent must …show more content…
Lamar. Vincent Freeman, the main character, has a dream of going to space to research the largest moon of Saturn, Titan. Vincent’s brother Anton is a G.E (genetically engineered) who causes Vincent to move forward in the pursuit of his dream but also stands as a key antagonist in the story. Jerome Morrow is a crippled man who donates his body and genetics to turn Vincent's dream into a reality. Jerome Morrow after many attempts at suicide, finally follows his own advice, “If at first you don't succeed... try, try again.”, and kills himself at the end of the movie. Jerome was undergoing a long period of depression because he could not bare being second best. Irene Cassini is Vincents love interest at GATTACA, and also is a “godchild.”, A human born without genetic manipulation. Irene and Vincent have an automatic spark and are similar in their disease of the heart. Irene seems to always be suspicious of Vincent, but never says anything or confronts him. Dr.Lamar is a GATTACA doctor, who often does checkups on Vincent throughout the story. From the start of the movie, Dr. Lamar has done all urine and blood-based samples for Jerome. The doctor even performs Vincent’s interview into GATTACA. Throughout Vincent and Dr. Lamar’s reuniting, the doctor continually asks if he has told him about his son. Later on in the story, we figure out when the doctor

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