The On The Other Hand By Andrew Niccol Essay

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Beliefs and values that are particular to the context of the composer play an integral role in texts and often some correlate with each other even through their contexts completely differ which shows that certain beliefs and values are still relevant with the society of today. This is inherent in Sir Thomas More’s Utopia, which highlights idiosyncratic corruption and greed of 16th century England through contrast with an ideal egalitarian society. Likewise, Kurt Vonnegut’s Harrison Bergeron uses satire as a medium to criticise the idiocies and shortcomings of the contemporary world. On the other hand, Andrew Niccol’s Gattaca invites viewers to question the ethics and ramification of contemporary scientific progress and the unrestrained progress of technological advancement. Ultimately, these texts are intended to provoke discrepancy about the specific issues that were relevant to the composers’ respective contexts.
In Utopia (1516), More highlights the corruption and greed of English society through the representation of a fictitious society characterised by radical values and ideologies that vastly contrast those within its context. Verisimilitude is established in the introduction with a fabricated Utopian alphabet and allusions to historical figures and books such as Vespucci and Plato’s Republic which create a sense of authenticity of More’s opinions. From the onset, More isolates himself from the ideals proposed by Raphael, stating in his letter to Peter Gilles that his…

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