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Symbolism on Gattaca

By | July 2007
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Hollywood-esque "Gattaca" is a prophetic distopia concerning genetic discrimination in the early 21st Century.

A true hero is one who is willing to commit body and soul to achieve a dream, discuss.

Gattaca is a provocative science-fiction interpretation of the future of genomics. Andrew Niccol's presents us with insight to a pessimistic view of genetic enhancement set in the "not to distant future." The film takes us through the journey of Vincent Freeman, and Jerome Morrow who with the value of each other's body and soul commit and reaches astonishing feats of humanity. The triumphs of Vincent and Jerome can be seen as heroic, but what is it that makes them ‘truly heroic?' The relationship between Vincent (mind) and Jerome (valid body) considered a metaphor of heroism, as they form allegiance and conquer the identified evil and reach a positive conclusion. So is a ‘true' hero one willing to commit body and soul?

The deep space exploration centre ‘Gattaca' is formulated around a system of excellence, in order to achieve successful missions into deep space an intense and discriminatory screening process is adopted,

Vincent Freeman is a ‘godchild' who was conceived in love, he posses a valid human life, which is scrutinised as invalid in the face of a genetically customised population. He lives in a society where the elite upper class is determined upon the health of the body, those who have been selected genetically at birth to carry a statistically perfect life, those left to natural birth become the underclass, as they are born integrated with natural imperfection, which warrants discrimination. within a ‘perfect' society.

The polarities of perfection and human imperfection play a large part in the film techniques employed. The ever-developing contrast between good and evil, hero and villain shows us how mentally constraining it is to break away from the homogenized society to achieve the greater good.

We identify ourselves with Vincent not...

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