A Sampled Scorpion
Matt's not excepted in society, as he's different: the dumb clone that no one likes. When Matt is taken to the Big House by Steven and Emilia, it's found out by the tattoo on his foot that he's a clone. Everyone is repulsed by this and wanted to get away from Matt. "'He is an animal,' Steven said after a pause…. 'I don't understand,' said Emilia. 'I should have known what he – it – was the minute I saw it…. Matt's a clone,' said Steven. Emilia gasped. 'He can't be! He doesn't – I've seen clones. They're horrible! They drool and mess their pants.'" Pg. 26
Vincent, a 'degenerate', is not accepted into society because he is not as good as everyone else. But he can't help that, just like Matt couldn't help being a clone in The House of the Scorpion. Vincent can't fulfill his dream of going to space, just because he has a heart problem, therefore being too risky to be sent to space, only for it to be a waste of money and time for the company. This is evident in these time stamps in 'Gattaca' the movie: 9:50 – 10:11, 12:18 – 12:28, 14:12 – 14:24, 15:16 – 15:46, 19:22 – 19:46, 21:58 – 22:21.
For the duration of Matt's time spent in the Big House, he tried to hide the fact that he was a clone, that he was inferior, but mostly from himself. Once Matt escaped to Aztlán, he was captured by the Keepers, and it was crucial for the tattoo on his foot not to be seen, or he would be treated as something even more unclean. He thought that if anyone there in Aztlán saw it, they would know he was a clone, and be repulsed by it, the same way the Alacráns had been. However, when one of the Keepers saw the tattoo, they did treat Matt as someone unclean, but they didn't know that it meant he was a clone. "'He saw the writing on the boy's foot.' Oh no, oh no, thought Matt. "There was a scar across it, but he managed to make out the writing: 'Property of the Alacrán Estate.'' 'Alacrán?' said Carlos. 'That's the name of the old vampire who runs Dreamland.'. 'I know," Jorge said pleasantly. 'I wondered how a person could belong to an estate, unless he worked there. Or unless he was an escaped crot!'…. [Matt's] weakness had been found out. Even though the Keeper had drawn the wrong conclusion from the tattoo, it was just as devastating…. The boys drew away from Matt as though he were something unclean."
Vincent tries to hide who he really is to fulfill his dream of going to space. To achieve this, Vincent needs to hide who he really is by becoming someone else. Vincent needs to do this because he's 'different', as he has a heart problem, and would never be allowed on a space mission with that issue. This is evident in the following time stamps in the movie: 10:00 – 10:11, 19:33 – 19:37, 19:47 – 19:59, 21:06 – 21:20, 24:06 – 28:13, 31:38 – 31:15, 32:25 – 33:45.
Matt develops as a character to accept his own fate. At first, Matt refuses to believe that he is a thing, and an it to everyone else, but by the end of the book, he has almost completely accepted who and what he really is: the clone of El Patrón. He uses who he is to get what he wants. He uses his DNA as El Patrón's DNA, as they are the same, to get to places only El Patrón should be able to. "'The problem is, I don't know if you want to take the chance-'
'What?' Matt said impatiently. 'It works only for El Patrón…. When he presses his hand against the red scorpion, the wall opens…. But, if the wrong person touches the scorpion, it sends a lethal jolt of electricity through his arm and the who passage fills with poisonous gas.' Matt stared at María. 'This is your plan to rescue me?'…. [Matt] thrust his hand against the glowing scorpion…. A door slid back before them…" Pg. 221-222. "'During a lockdown [in Opium],' Esperanza went on, ignoring her daughter, 'no ships are cleared-with one exception: El Patrón's signature overrides everything.' Matt understood at once: His fingerprints were the same as El Patrón's…. [In the hovercraft] The identity plate lit up. Matt slammed his hand down…. The red light faded, and the panel turned a welcoming green." Pg. 366, 368
Vincent develops as a character to accept his own fate. He tries very hard to hide who he really is from other people. Throughout the movie, Vincent starts to realize they think he killed the mission director. After that problem, right before his plight to space, he decides to turn himself in as the In-Valid, as he needs to provide a urine sample before boarding the rocket, but he has none other than his own. However, the doctor/scientist knew the whole time who he really was, and granted him entry. Examples of this are evident at these time stamps: 44:29 – 54:52, 51:10 – 51:30, 52:14 – 53:20, 57:08 – 58:00, 59:40 – 1:01:03, 1:04:10 – 1:06:37, 1:11:40 – 1:13:26, 1:17:25 – 1:24:31, 1:38:00 – 1:40:00.
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