Genetics and Vincent

Topics: Genetics, Andrew Niccol, Gattaca Pages: 3 (1078 words) Published: March 17, 2006
Gattaca – Part 1 Text Response #2

Topic: "The world of Gattaca is focused on genetic perfection, yet it is the imperfect Vincent that achieves the most" Discuss.

Set within a world governed by genetic engineering, Andrew Niccol's film, Gattaca, portrays the dire consequences of such a society in "the not too distant future". Given a pre-determined life as a "god child" due of his parent's adherence to religious beliefs, Vincent Freeman is an individual who "refuses to play the hand he was dealt". Vincent although seemingly cursed with an imperfect genetic composition manages to overcome considerable odds in order to achieve his dream of space travel.

From the moment that Vincent was conceived, he was born into a world where ridiculous restrictions were already placed upon him that prohibited him from pursuing after his goals. Antonio, Vincent's father was aware from the exact instant that his "In-Valid" son was born that he did not have the necessary genetic traits, thus he deemed Vincent not worthy enough to bestow upon his own name. Throughout his childhood Vincent was constantly subjected to prejudicial ridicule from the so called superior "Valid" caste. Incidents such as the symbolic shutting of the metal gate in Vincent's face as he was denied entry to a kinder garden due to the fact that "insurance wouldn't cover" his apparently inferior status. Vincent was also subjected to taunting by his smug "Valid" brother Anton especially during their "favourite game" chicken. Chicken was an exhausting swimming race in which the two brothers would swim frantically "out towards the horizon" to see who would "chicken" out and swim back first. With constant taunts such as "come on you coward" it is quite commendable that Vincent remained motivated despite the slim chances of victory. When victory finally lands in Vincent's hands during a "chicken" race, it leads him to reflect "it was the one moment that made everything possible", for once the "imperfect"...
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