Ray Bradbury 's Fahrenheit 451 And Andrew Niccols Gattaca Essay

1081 Words Sep 1st, 2015 5 Pages
Issues addressed by science fiction texts are not at all different to the issues we face in society today and serve as a catalyst for the realisation of problems in our society. Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 and Andrew Niccols Gattaca tackle issues that have been enhanced by the evolution of society including the increase in collectivised views as well as the diminishing power that we hold over the technology we are creating. Gattaca presents this through a world in which social status is dictated by genetics. Meanwhile Fahrenheit presents its values through the power of media dictation. The two texts create a mirror of our society in a separate universe to criticise our ideologies and values without causing controversy while being able to also highlight their long term effects. The devaluation of the concept of individualism is prominent throughout both Gattaca and Fahrenheit 451 and relates heavily to how technology is taking over the lives of the societies portrayed in the texts. In Gattaca this is seen through the genetic analysis system that divides society into the two distinct groups of valid and invalid profiles. This gives rise to a new type of discrimination that is “no longer due to a person’s social status or colour… [but instead is now] down to a science” where peoples worth is dictated by their genetic makeup. Those determined by society’s rankings to be ‘Invalid’s’ can not strive to reach their goals and solidify their reputations as the powerful individuals…

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