Sociology: Gattaca Movie Paper

1656 Words Mar 13th, 2011 7 Pages
Ruben Arrieta
Professor McGinnis
Sociology 101
11 November 2010
Gattaca is a movie that contains a very interesting society. As in all societies, discrimination exists and it is primarily between two groups. The valids, as they are called here, are the dominant group who oppress the group known as the invalids, which is the group consisting of the less privileged individuals. However, in this society, privileged and less privileged does not refer to the individuals in terms of wealth or power, but instead, in terms of genetics. Here, discrimination has been reduced down to genes, and this determines your place in society. Here, when parents are planning on having a baby, they are faced with having to decide whether they
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They are also seen as the ones that keep this society functioning, as they hold the most important and prestigious occupations. Invalids, on the other hand, hold the unworthy jobs of everyday life, like washing bathrooms and cleaning floors.
In Gattaca, the values and goals of the valids very clear; everyone there aspires to having a prestigious occupation and to achieve great things while. On the other hand though, the invalids have very few, if any, values and goals. They basically only live their lives on a daily bases, that is, working to earn money for the necessities of the everyday life. Here, people have their values and goals set for them the very minute that they are classified as either an invalid or valid.
This society has a relatively simple social structure. Segregation here is directly linked to social status, as only the wealthy can engineer genetically perfect children, well that’s if they decide to, while the poor only have the option of letting nature run its course. It is also very obvious how the invalids and valids live in different parts of the city. Genetics are the center of the society here, and knowledge doesn’t necessarily mean much, as apparently all the genetically perfect people have the same intellectual level. This means that for a person to be accepted at a job all they have to do is have their genes examined, as was the case when the main character in Gattaca attended his “interview.” Genes contain all the information

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