In class, we recently watched the movie Gattaca, after we finished reading House of the Scorpion. These two stories have a very similar message, but also have their differences. For example, the parents in Gattaca knew what was going to happen to their son, and so did Celia in House of the Scorpion. Both of the children had something to do with their heart. Matt’s heart was going to be used as a donor heart for El Patron, and Vincent was going to die of a heart disease.
Matt is singled out from the others because he is not the same; he is a clone. Matt faces similar discriminations as Vincent, however Matt must deal with that fact of him being a photograph of another powerful and evil man. In this world, being genetically modified is not better; it just means that your body parts are utilized to extend lives of those who have similar DNA. Creating clones can only do this and El Patron has done so for multiple years. Realization slowly comes to Matt about his true purpose, and he begins to hide the fact of him as a clone. He frantically tries to learn as much as possible so that he can impress others and hopefully come to the point of convincing that he is similar to every other normal boy.
Vincent lives in a world where genetic modification can easily alter the many characteristics of a human, and is actually encouraged to ensure to create a child that is no less perfect than any other. Though, even the slightest defect can class the child as defective and can separate it from doing the things that everyone could. Vincent is the child that would normally be considered human, but due to his genetic make-up, he is categorized as less suitable for traveling into space and instead is ordained a life employed at a boring career.
In both stories there is greater evil (or antagonist). In Gattaca and House of the Scorpion, the greater evil is the society, except in Gattaca, in- valids are not accepted. To be valid, you have to be genetically engineered to be perfect. This is the opposite in House of the Scorpion, because matt was created in a lab, and he is unwelcome in society.
Some similarities in the books are that:
- The family in Gattaca thinks that his Vincent is dead, and in House of the Scorpion, the family back at the estate thought that Matt was dead.
- The doctors in both books knew their true identities and what they were meant to do, but they never told them, until the very end of the story.
- Both protagonists (Vincent and Matt) try to hide their true selfs to fit into society, because neither one of them is truly welcome in society. if they switched worlds, then they would fit in.
The stories both end in a similar way, Vincent ends up visiting space, and Matt is the leader of Opium, saving it from the evil presence of El Patron. They both received further acceptance in their society and I assure you they very well deserved it! Throughout all the experiences in their lives, it clearly signified that Matt and Vincent were both round and well-built characters, making them excellent heroic protagonists in either story.