We recently watched a film called Gattaca in class. A lot of similarities can be drawn between it and The House of the Scorpion in terms or the protagonist.
Both are different from the rest of society. Matt is a clone and Vincent - Gattaca’s protagonist- isn’t genetically crafted to be near-perfect.
Neither is offered a lot of opportunities and both are constantly told they aren’t as good, they can’t do it, they are inferior to others.
But in the face of society’s opposition and discrimination, both have dreams. Both have good characters/personalities.
Vincent and Matt’s dreams are completely different. Vincent want to go to space and Matt wants to rule Opium and not be killed. But since Vincent isn’t genetically good enough, he’ll never get into the space program, called Gattaca. And since Matt’s a clone, he doesn’t have any rights and thus can’t rule a country.
The important thing is that they both have dreams. They have to work really, really hard, running away from everything he’s ever known or pretending to be someone else to pass daily DNA tests. But both Matt and Vincent are determined to meet their dreams.
Growing up, Vincent’s parents, teachers and brother all told him that he couldn’t go to space. He was only supposed to live to 30.2 years. He would never get a good job since all employers did for an interview was test your DNA. So he has to use someone else’s DNA to get a job. Which he does. But he’s still not as capable physically and he’s still more likely to get diseases. So Vincent not only has to work harder to get past society’s strict requirements, he also has to perform better than he should be physically capable of. He does. Vincent is chasing a dream and that is powerful enough to break walls down.
Matt is a clone of a drug lord. People are generally either mean to him or just ignore him completely. Not super promising when you’re hoping to one day run a country. (spoiler alert) But then it goes a step further, when El Patron wants to kill Matt to use him for organ transplants. Matt is forced away from everything he’s ever known, to live life and fend for himself, despite the fact that he’s a clone. It’s his character and attitude that keep him going, seemingly against all odds.
Now, a very obvious similarity here is that both characters have outdone others even with discrimination constantly hammering them, because of amazing dreams and personalities. It’s not how you physically are that’s important, it’s what you do, how you think.
In the real world, people are discriminated against on an unfair basis. They are treated unfairly because of their race, religion, country of ethnicity, looks or gender.
Some people actually believe that others are inferior to them on some totally unfair basis! Now, I get that the problems are more pronounced in the House of the Scorpion and in Gattaca but they certainly exist. Maybe we don’t have clones or genetically perfect people. But we do have a ton of different people. We have different classes and different opportunities accordingly.
Again, people have dreams. When they truly believe in something, there’s nothing that can stop them. Take Martin Luther King Jr for example. He fought so hard for his own and a whole race’s rights. He was such an influential figure who is still respected today.
We have dreams and personalities and ideas and we can work hard and put in the time and effort and make things happen. We can go to space or run a country. We can invent something amazing or grow organisms in a petri dish. While humans face a lot of problems, the ability to dream and work hard isn’t one of them.