Genetic Perfection in Gattaca Essays

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Genetic Perfection in Gattaca

Topic: "The world of Gattaca is focused on genetic perfection, yet it is the imperfect Vincent that achieves the most"

Set within a world governed by genetic engineering, Andrew Niccol's film, Gattaca, portrays the dire consequences of such a society in "the not too distant future". Given a pre-determined life as a "god child" due of his parent's adherence to religious beliefs, Vincent Freeman is an individual who "refuses to play the hand he was dealt". Vincent although seemingly cursed with an imperfect genetic composition manages to overcome considerable odds in order to achieve his dream of space travel.

From the moment that Vincent was conceived, he was born into a world where
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Furthermore during the latter years of Vincent's childhood he was confined to a life of solitude because he opts to escape from a loveless family. This isolation is what makes Vincent's achievements even more remarkable. As Vincent grows as an individual marginalised by society, it seems his quest to achieve his dream is no easy task due to his "inferior" status that led him to comment "I must of cleaned half the toilets in the state", a clear indication of the drudgery confronted by a person apart of the "In-Valid" caste. Instead of giving up and throwing in the towel Vincent shows great dedication to his goals by resorting to "more extreme measures". This involved Vincent undergoing a transformation process in which he assumes the identity of a "Valid" Jerome Morrow. Upon introduction to Jerome, we see a bitter, cynical man who is obviously ravaged by an addiction to alcohol. Jerome who has a "genetic quotient second to none" is "burdened by perfection". Jerome's failure to win a swimming race consequently leads to almost committing suicide. Jerome who couldn't accept his swimming loss prohibited him from achieving more with his obviously unlimited potential. Here Niccol attempts to illustrate the obvious consequences of engineering a "perfect" human; which is they lose their sense of desire

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