Symbolism on Gattaca Essay

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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
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I only lent you my body … you lent me your dream."

Gattaca examines science, religion, genetic engineering and ethics.
By opening the movie Gattaca with quotations from Willard Gaylin and Ecclesiastes, director Andrew Niccol invites us to ponder the tension between science and religion with regard to the ethics of genetic engineering. This tension is further sustained through the complex relationship of the main protagonists Vincent and Eugene, who must ultimately conquer their own physical limitations in order to find ``God''.

As the titles run, fingernails, hair threads and skin particles fall to the ground in slow motion, giving way to an image of a young man vigorously scrubbing himself.

Along with a disturbing score by Michael Nyman, this obsessive-compulsive behaviour contributes to the macabre images of hypodermic needles, catheters and hospital bags of urine and blood. The shower from which Vincent has just stepped quickly converts to a furnace (is this heaven or hell?) while the inter-title ``in the not-too-distant future'' runs across our screen.

It is the same young man, Vincent, who provides a voice-over and our point of view in Gattaca - the antiseptic setting of a futuristic space program. Here, somnambulistic employees dressed as clones move in and out of

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