Gattaca Holiday Homework Questions - Gattaca is the story of one man’s courage to achieve his dream

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GATTACA


Gattaca

is the story of one man’s courage to achieve his dream.

Gattaca
, written and d
irect
ed by Andrew Niccol is a science fiction thriller set in the “not too distant future”.
Vincent Freeman is
one of the last of the 'In
-
V
alids', conceived in

love rather than in a test tube. Upon his birth
a DNA test suggests he has a 99% chance of developing a heart defect and dying before he is 30. This
condemns him to a life lived in fear of early death, a life where he is a source of constant worry to his
parents,
where schools bar him for being an insurance liability and where he is denied the chance to achieve his dream


that of being a space pilot. His father
tells him "
Son, the only time you're going
to see the inside of a space shuttle is if
you're cl
eaning it."

Yet Vincent refuses to
accept this brave new world, and seeks a
way to deny his genetic destiny. He strikes
a deal with a c
rippled Valid, Jerome
Morrow
, a
nd steals his genetic identity

in
order to gain entry to Gattaca Aerospace
.

The death of
the Mission Director causes



Vincent to

be cast as a suspect in the murder,




and threatens to
unravel his elaborate deception




and
ruin his dream.

The twist is the fact that the

investi
gator is Vincent’s brother Anton. Include a

love interest who may discover Vincent’s secret and

you have a chilling science fiction thriller that causes viewers to question where our society is headed.



Short Answer Questions


1)

Where does the title GATTACA come from?

2)

W
hat
is the significance of Vincent and Jerome’s
surname
s
?

3)

What does the spiral staircase in Jerome’s apartment represent?

4)


“They used to say that a child conceived in love has a greater chance of happiness. They
don’t say that anymore.”








What is the

destiny of an “in
-
valid” in the world of Gattaca? List three problems the
discrimination of Gatta
ca

causes for invalids?

5)

Main Characters: Vincent Freeman, Jerome (Eugene) Morrow, Irene

Cassini
, Anton Freeman

Choose one of the main characters in Gattaca a
nd create a
detailed

mind map about this
character. Include quotes and key scenes. Refer to the sample character mind map
.









What do you
think the
spiral

staircase in
Jero
me’s
apartment
represents?


DR
LAMAR

Helps Vincent

*by concealing his real identity

*reason is because Vi
ncent gives
inspiration to Lamar’s genetically
imperfect son




Quotes: “I never did tell you about

my
son, did I? He’s a big fan of yours.”
“Unfortunately, my sons not all they said
he would be. But then who knows what
he could do right?”

*
is a
Valid
,
considered elite
,
friendly towards
Vincent



Works at Gattaca

*Medical
technician,
examines blood
test, urine, health
etc


*


Crucial Character:
Lets
Vincent

go, despite
knowi
ng that he is an
invalid in
final scene

Only seen in
scenes set in
Space station

Middle aged,
wears lab

coat


GENETIC ENGINEERING

RESEARCH TASK

“Consider God’s handiwork; who can straighten what He hath made crooked.” ~
Ecclesiastes
7:13

“I not only think that we will tamper with Mother Nature, I think Mother Nature wants us
to.” ~ William Gaylin

Niccol introduces the morality of scientific advancement with the two opening quotations
that question the right of man to int
erfere with nature or God’s creation.
This is what makes
Gattaca particularly relevant to today as we live in an age where technology is advancing
rapidly. While the first quote is from the Christian Bible and argues against tampering with
God’s creation,
the other by William Gaylin argues that nature was intended to be tampered
with. Niccol is using Gattaca to pose the question: Where does society draw the line?

Your
task is to research genetic engineering and consider both the positive and negatives
outco
mes of genetic engineering. Please answer the following research questions in detail.
You must reference where you get your information from:

Research Questions:

1)

What is genetic engineering?

2)

What are the benefits of genetic engineering?

3)

What ethical and mo
ral questions are raised by genetic engineering?

4)

What is your opinion on genetic engineering?

5)

What do you think is the film’s message about genetic engineering?

Helpful website on DNA:
http://www.dnaftb.org/