We are introduced to Vincent Freeman, a child conceived naturally. In the film he is what is known as a ‘faith birth’, a ‘God- child’, or as later seen in the movie as an INVALID. Vincent younger brother Anton was conceived artificially, through means of genetic engineering. Anton is superior in strength and well favored within the society due to his genetic modification. As a ‘natural’ child, Vincent imperfections (he possesses a 99% probability of fatal heart disease) cause him to be rejected within society. He dreams of a job in space despite his genetic makeup.
Vincent faces rejection and discrimination within this future society due to his genetics. The film Agitate uses discrimination to portray the ideal that genetic modification is unscrupulous. The plot aims to get the viewer to see the genetically modified as weak compared to those not. An example of this is Jerome, Jerome is seen by society as perfect, both mentally and physically. Jerome in the end is shown as full of imperfections, he ends up killing himself. Another example is the director’s murderer, his genetic profile is shows he would never harm another yet he commits murder.
Scenes within the film stresses the social barriers that Vincent is plagued with, when his parents are told he isn’t allowed to attend school with others who are genetically superior, a close-up shows the gates shutting in his face. This imagery further demonstrates the divide between AVAILS and INVALIDS. I acknowledge that if genetic engineering was put into common practice members of society conceived through natural methods would be ostracizes. I don’t believe that discrimination is a valid point, throughout human history discrimination has en ripe through society.
A major argument against genetic modification is the ethical repercussions of genetic modification. The ethical debate describes the artificial fertilization of eggs as immoral, the question is asked if a woman should be used for experimentation. In Agitate when the genetic scientist talks to Vincent parents about removing all possible chance for diseases and violence the couple ask to keep a few things to chance. The geneticist quick dismisses the argument saying have enough imperfections built in already. ” This implies that even with genetic engineering perfection is impossible.
Agitate doesn’t bring up an ethical debate, so I cannot argue my point with extracts from the film. I can link multiple articles and debates that discuss this. The ethical debate usually consists of the question whether a woman should be allowed to offer her body for experimentation. I pose the opposite question, why shouldn’t a woman be allowed to offer her body for experimentation for the betterment of humankind. Another point in the ethical debate is that over time humans may lose the ability to procreate naturally.
This is a valid point in against genetic modification, but the ability to cure all disease and prevent psychological deformities far outweighs the inability to be able to procreate. Agitate does not bring up this point either, presumably so they can have the disadvantaged members of society in order to support the point of discrimination. The ethical debate about the inability to procreate in a natural manner contradicts the argumentative point of discrimination, because without the ability to procreate naturally members of society could not be born with defects.
Agitate presents the Opinionated view hat genetic modification is bad for human society. Our view on Agitate evolves throughout the entirety of the film. Agitate changes both the actors and the setting throughout the film, making the VALID appear less favorable in the eyes of the audience and the protagonist upraising to near- perfectionism. The society, as portrayed in the text, appears conformist and collectivist. Agitate employees lined up and uniform in suits, seem objects, part of the geometrical designs. This makes the viewer uneasy and removes the society sense of individuality.
To conclude my statements, personally live that the benefits of perfection in body and mind can come about through genetic engineering far outweigh the disadvantages. The ethical debate holds stance with questioning of whether we should be allowed to offer ourselves for experimentation. The subject of discrimination doesn’t hold much stance with myself due to the fact that discrimination will still be there if we don’t allow genetic modification to become the norm. The ethical debate about the inability to procreate naturally, it strengthens the argument against discrimination. Turn to the light, don’t be afraid of the shadows it creates.