After watching the movie Gattaca made in 1997 and reading House Of The Scorpion I can notice many similarities between the main characters in each story, Matt and Vincent, and that is what this blog post will be focused on. First lets start of with my biggest and most meaningful connection I made between the two. Both Vincent and Matt have similar thoughts and challenges on the way they came into the world. They both came in the “unnatural way” as a clone and a degenerate. In Gattaca the acceptable way of being born was to be genetically modified and made as perfect as possible and in House Of The Scorpion clones were universally hated. The main reason this was the most meaningful to me is the fact that they can never escape this weakness they were born with. In Gattaca the new way of the world was to test your blood and DNA for everything to see if you would work for the job. If you were born in the natural way without gene modification you would have a lot easy time in life finding a job or friends. Matt was born a clone and had a scar on his foot saying that he was one and there was no way he could ever get rid of that.
I think I may have found a intentional choice both of the authors made when putting the story together. Like my theme for the litsperation challenge “Discrimination Halts Potential” this occurred in Gattaca two. The choice the author made was Matt had people like Tam Lin, Celia, Chaco and Maria all new that Matt was different but they didn't care even though they both new that he was different. They felt bad for him and wanted to help and they did help him. It was the same in Gattaca, Vincent had the doctor Lamar, Irene, and The real Jerome. The doctor new that he wasn't Jerome and he covered for him. Jerome was the one who gave someone like him who was different this opportunity and worked vey hard to help their plan work.