Gattaca Philosophical Essay

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Gattaca Philosophical PaperGattaca Philosophical PaperImagine being happily married to the man of your dreams and the two of you decide that you all are ready to start a family. You find out that you and your husband will be expecting a baby in the next 9 months. Over the next 9 months this is the most exciting time in your life because you cannot wait to see your little boy or little girl. The moment has finally come and your little boy or little girl has arrived. Just as the doctor has been explaining to you and your husband during your pregnancy you have a healthy baby. It's love at first site, and you think you have the perfect child until the physician starts running a long list of statistical data explaining that your child has a 99% chance of a heart condition and life expectancy is about 32yrs. Then the physician says to you if you decide to have another child you have the option to have that child genetically engineered without any defects. Would you consider this option? This paper will discuss the film Gattaca and how the director Niccol portrays how genetic engineering could remove free will, cause discrimination, and ethical issues in society.The Gattaca film director Niccol points out in the film that if the society ever figures out the code to genetic engineering and begins to offer genetic engineered children to couples this could ultimately have an effect on the social order of the world. I felt that the director was trying to illustrate to viewers that free will would be taken away, discrimination would take place, and ethical issues would be caused by genetic engineering in the world. For example, let's discuss the scene of Vincent and Irene when they went on their first date with one another. In this scene Vincent and Irene went to a piano recital where a man was playing the piano. The man stood up from the piano to take his bow and then he threw his glove into the applauding audience and Irene caught the glove with the extra finger stitching. At this point I did not understand why the pianist had an extra finger stitching in the glove. But once Vincent and Irene were leaving the recital I saw the picture on the venue wall and the pianist had twelve fingers. I quickly realized that the pianist parents genetically engineered him to play the piano. This act clearly shows how Niccol was showing how free will or choice would be taken away from children at birth. In my research on genetic engineering I came across an article by Chris Seck. The author stated "genetic engineering limit's children's autonomy to shape their own destinies" (par.3). I agree with this statement because the parent has already decided and planned what the child will be in life giving the child no option to choice differently.Niccol then goes further to depict how genetic engineering would cause discrimination in the world. In the beginning of...

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