The Philosophy of Gattaca Essay

1373 Words May 23rd, 2012 6 Pages
The Philosophy of GATTACA
David Harris

21 August 2011

GATTACA is entertaining despite an immersion in technology and philosophy. Viewed strictly as entertainment, the film consistently delivers great characters, is well-written and has well-delivered dialogue, with a quick paced and fascinating plot. The philosophy of GATTACA's society is explored through examples of genetic essentialism/determinism, discrimination, and the exercise of free will through our characters early years, time as an invalid and later time as a valid. The film allows a glimpse into a world shaped by the technology of genetic engineering, that has artificially created a caste system of the valids verses the invalids, and how it can be overcome thru
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While this may not at first seem to be discrimination, insurance coverage is based on probability and if genetics are taken at face value, insurance providers would balk at issuing coverage based on the "future". As we follow the two boy's through life, we see that Anton always seems to outperform Vincent. An example of this is a game that the two boy's play together. They call it "chicken". They both strip and swim out to sea, returning when they feel they have reached their ability to get back. This gives us a way to compare the boys in a even way. As boys Anton always wins, until one day Vincent turns the table on Anton. Foreshadowed by Vincent musing that he wants to prove them wrong, he has asserted his free will to take the first step in changing his fate.
As Vincent grow older, he finds that he is held back by his genetics at every turn. Bouncing from menial job to menial job he drops out of his parents sight and while he does have a dream of going into space, his status as an invalid stops him at every turn. Although Vincent goes on to become a productive member of society, "he is a sanitation worker" and "he watches the suits through the glass windows. The transparent barrier is a metaphor of the divide between the lower and higher classes" (CLARKE, 2002). After all, "I belonged to a new underclass no longer

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