The Characters of Gattaca. By Blair, Eilish, Karishma, Hritika, Liam and Olivia. Vincent Freeman. In Gattaca, the characters’ names have a significant meaning to the personalities of each character. Vincent means “to conquer” and Freeman refers to being a free man.
In Gattaca, Irene is the perfect unobtainable female. Throughout the film, she is one of the only female characters shown, showing that she is the superior female. Although she is supposedly genetically superior, she has her one genetic flaw that affects her lives dramatically.
Once Irene finds out that Vincent is not who he says he is, she somewhat admires Vincent for completing what he has done, as he has been able to look past the fact that he is not genetically perfect and pursued what he wanted to do.
There is irony in the fact that although these genetically modified “valids” were supposed to be the superior humans, Irene, Jerome and Anton couldn’t be the most successful people in their areas of expertise.
Irene wasn’t able to fly to Titan due to having a heart defect, despite being genetically modified, Anton became a detective, despite supposedly being able to be whatever he wanted to be, and was in a lower class of the valid society. And Jerome, no matter how hard he tried, could only manage to come second in whatever he did.
Vincent and Irene form a close bond after sharing the same ambition of travelling to Titan. Irene is this perfect, superior female, who is the perfect unobtainable, and Vincent accepts the challenge of trying to obtain her, as Vincent is a man who is willing to go to extreme lengths to achieve his goals. Despite supposedly being perfect human beings, both Irene and Vincent share similar heart defects, with Irene’s affecting her chances of going to Titan. When Vincent’s identity is revealed to Irene, she is shocked, but eventually accepts Vincent for who he is, showing the overcoming of genoism.
Vincent and Jerome’s have a close relationship during the film. At first, Jerome is astounded by Vincent’s stupidity, and cannot believe that Vincent will be able to maintain Jerome’s identity, but once Vincent pulls it off, Jerome develops a sense of accomplishment and develops a close bond with Vincent. Jerome is like a brother to Vincent, and in some cases is like the brother Vincent never had, as because Anton was genetically modified, he always tried to be better than Vincent, and Vincent eventually pushes himself away from Anton and the rest of his family. Although Jerome has this superior attitude towards Vincent, once Jerome starts to trust and confide in Vincent, he begins to realise that Vincent isn’t so different than himself. In the movie, the valids and in-valids are generally separated, with the valids believing that the in-valids are not capable of accomplishing great things, and therefore discriminate against the in-valids. Vincent and Jerome’s relationship is proof of the overcoming of genoism, that despite their genetic differences they share common traits and values.
Throughout the film, we see Anton as a detective trying to find his brother in Gattaca. Anton’s search is fuelled by jealousy and pride, with Anton being angry that Vincent has been able to become an employee at Gattaca, whereas Anton is only a detective. Anton is annoyed that Vincent is superior to him, and is dumbfounded by how Vincent could’ve beaten him in the swimming and got a better job than him.