Senior English 4
25 April 2012
Are We the “Brave New World”?
Gattaca, a movie released in 1997, is about potential children being selected through preimplantation genetic diagnosis to ensure they carry the best hereditary traits of their parents. A genetic registry database uses biometrics to instantly identify and classify those created as "valids" while those that carry traditional means are known as "in-valids". This movie easily corresponds with the use of science and technology in today’s world. Many probably didn’t think much of this movie, just as they didn’t with the Aldous Huxley’s Novel Brave New World, which is based on a very similar dystopian future. The societies in the novel and movie are considered “perfect” worlds with their genetic engineering, young people and drugs, and human conditioning. This sounds shockingly similar to what America may be becoming.
Most individuals would say they are insecure or unhappy with at least one of their physical traits, especially women/girls. According to an article by Batul Baxamusa, “Women have a craze to look young and maintain their beauty for all eternity. The benefits of genetic engineering in humans may make it possible to slow down or reverse certain cellular metabolism, that may be able fulfill this desire to remain 'forever young' for many dreamers in the near future” (Baxamusa 1). Girls want to look like their favorite celebrity/model they see on television or in magazines with their perfect looking, skinny airbrushed bodies and long voluptuous hair. In today’s society, so much is done to alter your appearance, such as surgery to permanately change your eye color, Botox, and hair extensions. This is just one of many signs that this society is becoming a Brave New World. In the novel Brave New World, every individual is genetically engineered to look and act like the world leaders want them to. “ Bokanovsky’s Process is one of the major instruments of social stability”(Huxley 7)....
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