The thing that is most same between “The House of The Scorpion” and “Gattaca” are that the protagonists are something that goes against what society deems is normal or good in the story, i.e. someone being a clone, someone pretending to be someone their not, or someone not being born in what is considered the natural way at the time that the story is set in. In both stories going against what is normal or what society accepts. Going against either of those things is considered a crime against nature or is a bad idea. A bad idea being that if they don't do what is the norm and is what’s being done by everyone else in society then it could have bad effects on them or the other people.
The storylines of the books are also similar because they both include a character that has been born in a way that is different from the norm. In “Gattaca” the protagonist Vincent or “Jerome” was conceived and born the natural way. However, in the time he is born in scientists and doctors have figured out a way to make humans perfect. Perfect being they eliminate all the possibilities of illnesses that come naturally or genetically and can make them deliberately have perfect vision, strength, and other things like that. Vincent, however, did not get created in a lab the natural way and he was born the way most people in reality. The doctor tells the parents what illness he will have and that he has a heart disease and probably won't live beyond the age of thirty. In “The House of the Scorpion” the protagonist of the story Matt is a clone of a very powerful drug lord. The drug lords family thinks that clones are a freak of nature and that they are not normal humans, so Matt is hated and treated like and animal by everyone exact the people that care about him. The key similarities being that both of the protagonists are considered different and weren't created the “natural way”.
The characters both developed in the way that they new that they were different from everyone else. In the beginning of the story, they both didn’t like who they were, in the sense that everyone was telling them that they were different in a bad way and the protagonist is starting to believe them. Through out the story they protagonists learn to accept themselves for who they are and not to let what the antagonists of the story or just other people say affect them as a person or what they do. Around the end of the story, they try to make peace with the antagonist of the story, in “Gatatcas” case he has to accept the idea that since he was born the natural way he will not be as perfect as the people that were genetically modified to be better than a natural created human. In “The House of the Scorpion”s case Matt had accepted that he was a clone and that no matter what everyone else says about clones, they are the same as a regular human. At the end of the story the characters both accepted who they are as a person and learned to ignore what other people say about them and what the are genetically and they accomplish the goal(s) that they wanted to. Another key thing about both stories is that the protagonist needed someone to have as a friend that would help/support them in whatever they wanted to do. The friend supported them in any way the protagonist needed such as getting helping them out physically or emotionally. Both the protagonists needed to believe that they could to do it no matter what everyone else says or does and the protagonists couldn't have done it without someone to help them do what they wanted to do.
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