Recently in class, we watched “Gattaca”. This was a movie made in 1997 about a futuristic world where people that are not “genetically perfect” were looked down upon. Sounds a lot like something familiar, right? In this movie, the main character, Vincent, had dreams of going to space. As he grew up, he became smarter and stronger, still pursuing his dream. You would think that everything would be okay, but his DNA predicted that he would die of a heart attack at the age of 30. This world knew how to read your DNA, and if you weren’t a perfect 10, then you wouldn’t get a good job. This movie shows Vincent cheating his way around these DNA tests until he finally gets to space. As you may notice, this is a lot like “The House of the Scorpion”. The two protagonists both have many dreams, and are looked down upon in society. But what makes them like this? I think it is because of many reasons.
First of all, I think the biggest reason why both Matt and Vincent are like each other is because of their dreams. They both had dreams to do something with their life. Vincent wanted to go to space, and Matt just wanted to live a long life. This was also really shown in these stories because of the way they were looked down upon in society because they were different. Vincent and Matt both had to fake who there were to get what they want. I think that this environment around them really shaped their identity and their dreams.
Next, I think the setting was also a big piece to the puzzle. Both of these places are futuristic societies where they only want the most efficient workers. Because of their advanced technology and number of jobs available, they were looked down upon as different, and therefore, not good. Around with this theme, their family was also a big part. For Matt, most of the Alacrans thought he would never be useful. For Vincent, they always thought that he was the superior.
Finally, I think the last big reason why this characterization happened was because of their few supporters. People like Celia, Tam Lin, and Maria in “The House of the Scorpion”. In “Gattaca”, people like Jerome or Irene. Even though many people looked down on Vincent, these few people praised and believed in them. I think that this pushed them to have accomplished their goals.
I would say that there are a couple other reasons too, although, not as important as these 3 listed above. The majority of it was the people and setting surrounding them. Also, the futuristic society helped a lot.
“No matter how you feel. Get up, dress up, show up, and never give up” - Unknown
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