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Dehumanization In Never Let Me Go Vs. Gattaca

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The movie Gattaca and the novel Never Let Me Go, both display a form of dehumanization and the relationship between those who have been dehumanized and those who are brought up in a more ‘ideal’ way. Gattaca and Never Let Me Go, try and show an alternative future based on the advancement of genetics and how they affect our world in a possible future. They do this by genetically cloning individuals for organ harvesting and attempting to create a perfect world by creating “perfect” humans.
Living in a world where they have successfully created human clones for organ donations, is not a great achievement to mankind in any way, shape, or form.  It makes you wonder, where exactly do you draw the line between the advancement of technology and the dehumanization that occurs because of it?"  Never Let Me Go is a Novel based in the main character Kathy’s memories of her experience in Hailsham and after she left. Hailsham is a boarding school for children who have been cloned from people considered as low life’s or unsuccessful, the only purpose given too these children are for them to develop into adults and donate as many of their mature organs as they can till they die, or as the students and guardians refer to it “complete”. The author focuses on the sick ways of our current society and warns us about the possible future that may be introduced and excepted, Kazuo Ishiguro writes with the intent of teaching and affecting the reader on an emotional level at the same time. 
“I saw a new world coming rapidly. More scientific, efficient, yes. More cures for the old sicknesses. Very good. But a harsh, cruel, world. And I saw a little girl, her eyes tightly closed, holding to her breast the old kind world, one that she knew in her heart could not remain, and she was holding it and pleading, never to let her go.” This quote is said by Madame within the novel and truly encompasses the entire book with just a few words. Madame talks about how many benefit from the organ donations, but at what cruel cost does it come at?
Gattaca displays a similar theme to Never Let Me Go With the fact that genetics and genetic manipulation is the main element involved in both media forms. Within the Gattaca institution, there is clearly discrimination against those that were naturally born, and those that have been genetically altered to be more “superior”. Andrew Niccol (Writer and Director) is making a mockery of our present-day views on racism and prejudice,  in this possible future, this is known as genoism (genetic discrimination). The underclass people of this world are those born naturally (children of love), they are aware of how they fit into society and are not quite happy with it. The other half of society are those who have been genetically modified since before birth, this allows the doctors to remove any ‘imperfection’ that might harm the child or make him/her...

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