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Margaret Atwood's Oryx And Crake Essay

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The Ending of the Human Race
Margaret Atwood’s novel Oryx and Crake is considered to be a world time dystopian masterpiece. Atwood presents an apocalyptic atmosphere through the novel’s antagonist, Crake, and protagonist, Jimmy/Snowman. She does this when Crake uses his scientific knowledge and wickedness to eliminate and recreate an entirely new society. “Future-Technology was envisioned as a way to easing the burden of life, and it was accepted that slavery would remain a tacit part of human existence until there would be some effective replacement for it, for until the shuttle would weave and the plectrum touch the lyre without a hand to guide them (bk.1, pt.4), there would be a need for the enslavement of other to ease life’s load” (DiMarco 172). Since there was a need for perfection for a better life it was always understood that there would have to be many occurring disasters in which led to the ending of the human race. Through the presences of separation in social class to form a perfect community, the creation of perfect people (Crakers), and a society full of technology that allows humans to be free from diseases has warned readers of the possible outcome of the novel. The idea of a perfect everything foreshadows the future toward an end in civilization after recreation.
Atwood creates many ideas in which allude to the thought that an apocalypse was to occur in the future of the novel Oryx and Crake. The presence of separation between a perfect and corrupt society presents many dangerous ideas that lead to the assumption of the ending of human life. In the novel, two different societies are being represented, one being the Pleeblands and the other being the Compound. The Pleeblands have been badly looked upon because people of the Compound believe this place is full of danger, crime, and poor uneducated people. While on the other hand, the Compound is known for perfection, wealth, and intelligence. Within the novel, the separation between the two communities are expressed. This is because many people from the Compound are so closed-minded and believe people were insane in other communities such as the Pleeblands. For example as stated, “Still, the CorpSeCorps men- the one’s Jimmy’s father called our people - these men had to be on constant alert… there was no telling what the other side might resort to” (Atwood 27). The distance that the Compound people presented towards one another has played a tremendous part in the outcome of the future. For instance, critic Danette DiMarco states, “A division of the communities and labor is the crux of Atwood’s construction of the boy’s early development. That they grow up naturalized to the idea of separation is symbolized by the very real walls that enclose their communities” (177). The children being raised in the Compound’s mentality has allowed the opportunity for them to believe what their community is doing is right, rather than receiving consequences for their actions because in a sense...

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