1984 And Gattaca

1074 WordsSep 27, 20175 Pages
Film director Andrew Niccol’s science fiction thriller Gattaca and author George Orwell’s politically scientific book 1984 employ a variety of textual techniques to explore the themes of control and freedom. The context of a dystopia is used in both texts to portray how dogma’s within society’s constrict the freedom of individuals. Niccol discusses the consequences of the pursuit for perfection in the “genetically perfect” society of Gattaca. Similarly, Orwell analyses the subordination exhibited by the war torn society of “Air Strip One” to the governing party and “Big Brother.” Technological and scientific advancements further impact imprisonment of individuals by improving only a portion of the population. Niccol uses the science of…show more content…
Additionally, in Gattaca, the principle of “valid” genetics makes the both genetically “valid” and “invalid” believe that they are nothing more than their genetics. Winston says that the “inner heart [remains] impregnable” however this is not true as after he is tortured, and brainwashed, he ends up truly “[loving] Big Brother,” and accepting the notion of “doublethink” which proves that the party has the power to alter even the human spirit and human emotions, in Gattaca, this is not possible. Gattaca centres around the “valid” or “invalid” genetics of an individual, their inner thoughts are concealed and people are able to think freely, people in 1984 cannot as Big Brother and the thought police are always watching and listening to them. Ultimately, the doctrines within both worlds constrict the freedom of individuals. Both texts explore how advancements in technology impact the freedom of individuals. In Gattaca, advancements in science – mainly in genetic engineering – leading to discrimination, in 1984, technological advancements such as the development of telescreens impacts the freedom people have as they are constantly watched. Within Gattaca, the genetic discrimination leads to a loss in freedom as “invalids” are denied jobs since “[the] real resume is in [their] cells.” The telescreens in 1984 constantly patrol individuals for any signs of rebellion against the party, even “a couple of seconds during which the expression in [their] eyes might
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