Today we had the chance to watch the movie Gattaca. This movie, having nothing to do with the book, had oh so much in common with The House of the Scorpion! While I have a lot to say about the book and the movie, in this post, I want to focus on the protagonists and how their development as characters really added to the plot, storyline, and meaning.
In Gattaca, Vincent Freeman (our protagonist) has a dream, but, in this not-so-far-off future, genetics are everything. For Vincent, his genes don't do him any good. With genetics like his - imperfect, that is - he will never get his dream accomplished…or will he? Vincent is still determined to make his dream come true… and in order for that to happen, he then becomes Jerome Morrow. The real Jerome has perfect genetics, but a not so perfect body - his legs don't work. Taking on Jerome's identity, Vincent goes on his way to pursue his dreams, while learning to accept himself and breaking free of society's ways.
Vincent and Matt have a lot in common. Both of their lives just seemed so pointless. Neither of them were ever accepted by society because of their imperfections. The biggest thing that matters is that both of them never really thought too high of themselves (at first). They believed along with everyone else that they were inferior, and they would never be able to do the things others could do (at the beginning of the book).
However, they both had those big moments where they realize that they are so much more, and that they can fight back and become better than others! For Matt, I think that this moment started when Tam Lin told him that there was no difference between humans and clones. “‘Here’s the dirty little secret.’ Tam Lin bent down and whispered, as though he had to hide the information from the swallows, the duck, and the dragonflies. ‘No one can tell the difference between a clone and a human. That’s because there isn’t any difference. The idea of clones being inferior is a filthy lie.’” For Vincent I think that the moment he realizes that he can be as good as his brother, – Anton, – is when they are both out to sea as young boys, and Vincent ends up rescuing Anton. The second time Vincent has to save his brother, and he looks up at the stars, it really feels like he realizes that his dream is right in his reach.
I feel like the themes of Gattaca and The House of the Scorpion are pretty much exactly the same: breaking free of the things that hold you back!!!!