In class we recently watched the movie Gattaca and read the book The house of the Scorpion. These two stories have very similar messages and themes. From The House of the Scorpion, Matt was a clone. He was supposed to be used for transplants for a man named El Patron, but Matt wanted more of a life and wanted to be like the other kids. Vincent from Gattaca had a dream to go to space, but he was going to die of heart disease.
Matt and Vincent were very similar; they were both the protagonists from their story. A protagonist in a story is the person that is the leading character or one of the major characters in the story. Matt was discriminated because he was a clone, he faced similar discriminations to Vincent from Gattaca. He was called a bad animal and a beast, but Matt didn’t want to be a clone, he wanted to have a normal live wanted to be like everyone else. Matt tried to convince people that he is not different from everyone else. He tries to convince people that he is very similar. Vincent has a heart disease. He wants to accomplish something in life and go to space. He was always weaker than everyone else and was categorized as a less than and a weak person. Vincent struggled a lot to get to space, but he tried really hard.
Matt and Vincent were also very different from each other. Matt was used for a heart transplant and Vincent was supposed to die because of his heart disease. There are a lot of similarities in the stories too. Both of the character tried to hide their true selves to fit into society because neither one of them were considered normal in their society. Both stories have a happy ending. Matt makes it back to Opium and becomes the leader and Vincent ends up going to space.
Both of the stories have similar themes. the themes of each story could be "your dreams are more powerful that societies suggestions". This could be the theme because society says that Vincent shouldn’t go to space because he has a heart disease, but he followed his dream and ignored societies suggestion to go to space. In The House of the Scorpion, this could be the theme because Matt is different and he wants a normal life. When El Patron needed a transplant, Matt escaped to Aztlan so he could live his full life. Society says that Matt is a bad animals and that he shouldn’t be treated the same as everyone else, But after El Patron died, Tam Lin explains that there is no difference between humans and clones. Matt escaped and lived life like a normal human in Aztlan.