By Beschen Pou
I believe that genetic modification has both its benefits and disadvantages, but I
believe the good outweighs the bad. People tend to bring up the argument of discrimination or ethical responsibilities and the inability to procreate naturally. I will be using the speculative, fictional film Gattaca directed by Andrew Niccol. Gattaca is a “utopic society” in which genetic modification has become the norm. This film attempts to present the view that genetic modification is bad for society. Gattaca is a story set in the ‘not-too-distant future’, in a world where genetic engineering has become the norm for procreation. We are introduced to Vincent Freeman, a child conceived naturally. In the film he is what is known as a ‘faith birth’, a ‘God-child’, or as later seen in the movie as an INVALID. Vincent’s younger brother Anton was conceived artificially, through means of genetic engineering. Anton is superior in strength and well favored within the society due to his genetic modification. As a ‘natural’ child, Vincent’s imperfections (he possesses a 99% probability of fatal heart disease) cause him to be rejected within society. He dreams of a job in space despite his genetic makeup. Vincent faces rejection and discrimination within this future society due to his genetics. The film Gattaca uses discrimination to portray the ideal that genetic modification is unscrupulous. The plot aims to get the viewer to see the genetically modified as weak compared to those not. An example of this is Jerome, Jerome is seen by society as perfect, both mentally and physically. Jerome in the end is shown as full of imperfections, he ends up killing himself. Another example is the director’s murderer, his genetic profile is shows he would never harm another yet he commits murder. Scenes within the film stresses the social barriers that Vincent is plagued with, when his parents are told he isn’t allowed to attend school with others who are...
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