Gattaca: A Dystopian Society Essay

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1. Gattaca is a world where only people with perfect genetics are “valid”. A natural born, Vincent, forges an identity to follow his dream of becoming a space traveler. Gattaca is an imaginary place where perfect society is created by cloning. The subject of human cloning that does not currently exist which makes this movie science fiction. They have unreal technology like, the machines that determines health issues and life expectancy right at birth. The advancement in technology and new scientific research has made cloning possible. Families can go to a genist to control their child’s genetics according to their liking; from their looks to their behavior. There are no such things as genist doctors, which is a another factor why this movie is science fiction. This movie is warning to today’s society of what might potentially happen if cloning existed in real life.

2. The movie is set in a place called Gattaca. This place is a highly advanced. Technology is so extreme, that even people are technologically created. Genetic engineering is used to make humans just right. In the real world, organisms and animals have been cloned before, but never has a human. That is because there are risks and dangers. Unlike Gattaca, the world today does not have enough knowledge and technology to create a normal human. Dolly, a clone of an adult sheep, failed 276 times before a successful mammal was created. Scientist predicts cloning will be much harmful with humans. Babies will suffer birth defects and abnormalities. Human cloning is normal in Gattaca. In most countries, like Canada, Australia, and United Nations, human cloning is illegal. Although scientists are looking into cloning, people argue that cloning humans is morally wrong. It abuses rights of humans especially women. Women would be forced into giving their eggs. This may potentially harm women. Reality is not far behind Gattaca in technology advancement. Gattaca gives us an overview of what the world might be with more technology and clones.

3. Vincent has a dream of becoming a space explorer. No matter how hard he tries or studies, his genetics fail him. Vincent was one of the few people during his time, whose genetics were naturally chosen by god. He was born with heart disease and was expected to die young. He was discriminated all his life because he does not have desirable genetics. So, he changed himself to be the person that society values. In today’s society, people are discriminated for numerous things like race, religion, age and weight. People who are discriminated are forced to do specific jobs that society thinks are suitable for them. For example, in 1600’s-1800’s, Africans were considered minors because of the color of their skin. They were slaves to the white people. In Gattaca, people with bad genetics did dirty jobs like cleaning. They change to be the type of person society values. They cannot change themselves because they will always feel the same way. They will...

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