Have you ever had a dream that you thought you would never achieve because of a flaw? I have explored a protagonist named Vincent who this exact problem, causing him to go to extreme measures. I also examined a young character named Matt who had a different problem with his life, but it was similar. Both Matt and Vincent were being criticized, limited and shot down for reasons they could not even control.
In Gattaca, Vincent was chasing his dreams no matter what, whereas in the house of the scorpion matt discovers himself and overcomes the biggest challenge he has with himself. Matts big issue was that he was being shot down and criticized because he is a clone, whereas Vincent is having dreams crushed because he is a godchild. Basically, they both were being limited, in Matt's case for being a clone and in Vincent’s case for not being a clone. Although both Vincent and Matt are protagonists they have their differences. Vincent starts off the story with a family that loves him but they eventually stop believing in him, then he has no family by his side. Matt starts the story with no family but then gain family members as the story goes on gains way more people in his life that believe in him and want to help him.
In the house of the scorpion, I think that Nancy Farmer was trying to communicate that we are all God’s children, and we should not be separated and discriminated for biological reasons. This is so important for our everyday society because there are many different ways people can be hated on. People are treated unfairly for many things whether it's, race, religion, culture and endless reasons. In Gattaca the message was that was being suggested is your dreams can become reality, but it just depends on how hard your work for them. In both stories, the protagonists resolved these two conflicts that were set upon them. The only reason they were able to do this is because they worked hard to do it.
Being a protagonist means that you resolve a conflict that portrays a message, in which usually connects to our everyday lives. In the movie, Gattaca and the book House of the Scorpion both of the protagonists resolve some kind of these conflicts.