Gene and Fundamental Building Blocks

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‘After all, there is no gene for fate.’ Gattaca suggests that we are responsible for our own destiny. Discuss.

The world of Gattaca is one in which one’s fate is seemingly pre-determined by his genes. From the schooling that a person gets, to the type of work that he would get later on in his life, desire seemed to be irrelevant, with the genetic make-up being either his passport to a prosperous life, or his ‘ball and chain’. In such adversity, however, we see Vincent triumph over all the obstacles that having defective genes can bring upon a person, and achieve what everyone believed was an impossible goal. Gattaca shows that the human spirit is the most essential gene in achieving success.

The world in which Vincent lived was a place where people lived their lives as were pre-destined by their genes. It was a world where people with defective genes or ‘invalids’ were satisfied with living out their lives miserably, content to work as the superior race’s servants, working as their janitors and cleaners. They had given up any hope of leading a productive life because ever since birth they had been told that their genes made them inferior. Indeed, we saw the fundamental building blocks of our existence , our genes, become the main source of segregation in the community.

Vincent became an exception to this system. Being a ‘god-child’, Vincent’s genes were defective in many aspects and he too was classified as an ‘invalid’. He was a person who would never get a chance in life and this was evident ever since his childhood. His parents in favour of Anton, their superior son, overlooked him. He wasn’t given a fair opportunity at employment. His dreams of becoming an astronaut was thought by all to be just that, a dream. The only thing that separated him from the other invalids was his phenominal motivation to reach his goals and a strong and stubborn will to match. Therefore, even with genes that predicted a 99% chance of heart problems, he made this...
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