Nature or Nurture: Gattaca

The film Gattaca agrees with the opinion that genes cannot determine one’s destiny. One’s abilities can be nurtured with the right resources such as willpower. It is evident when Vincent qualifies for the space program despite his being bashed for having inferior genes. The film emphasizes that personal willpower cannot be determined exclusively by one’s genes.

Additionally, doctors in Gattaca have the ability to run tests that reveal details about the embryo. It defies the laws of nature by performing these tests that show such details as personality traits. Naturally, one should allow an embryo to develop until a baby is born before running any genetic tests on it. Additionally, the character is observed in the later years of a child’s life and not at an embryonic stage.

Naturally, a person is not supposed to be discriminated against on any grounds. It is not the case in the film Gattaca. It creates a new social order that is the basis of discrimination. The best jobs are awarded to people with the desirable genes. Embryos are selected for parents so that they can give birth to ‘desirable’ babies. It is an action aimed at creating a desirable population.

Frankenstein goes against the nature debate. It is unnatural to dig up corpses with the aim of bringing them back to life. In the film, the scientist decides to nurture body parts that have been collected from various sources. He pieces them up to create a human life using electrical devices.

The scientist in Frankenstein creates a monster from his experiment. Although it was not his original intention, a criminal brain was mistakenly secured for his experiment. His creation defies the laws of nature. Rarely does a mother give birth to monster children. All troubles caused by the monster creature could have been avoided if nature reigned above nurturing.

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