After reading the book Oryx and Crake, one question that has puzzled me is ‘How accurate is Margaret Atwood’s pre-apocalyptic world in relation to our world?’ Through this paper, I would like to compare and contrast various aspects of the real world and the world that is described in the book. By doing so, I would like to determine the accuracy of the pre- apocalyptic world described in the book. I would also like to investigate why the author chose to exaggerate some aspects of the world in the book without paying attention to accuracy.
There are three possible answers to the question that I have posed above. One possible answer is that the author has presented a completely accurate picture. The second is that the author’s presentation of the world is completely inaccurate. The third possible answer is that the author has been accurate to some extent with her pre-apocalyptic world. I would like to remove the second answer right away because the author has not been completely inaccurate with anything in the book. I think everything in the book is either completely accurate or accurate to a certain extent. I have picked a few things that are described in the book in order to examine the accuracy Margaret Atwood’s pre-apocalyptic world.
Firstly, I would like to examine the accuracy with which the human response to the BlyssPluss pill has been portrayed in the book. I think this aspect is portrayed very accurately. If a pill was released in world that gave human beings immortality, it would sell rapidly as most human beings would buy it without thinking much. In the book, Jimmy says that “The BlyssPluss Pill would sell itself, it didn’t need help from him” (Page 312). This shows an innovative pill such as the immortality pill does not even have to be marketed a lot because its purpose itself is very interesting. Also, in the book there is evidence proving that many people bought the BlyssPluss pill leading to the rapid spread of the plague. I think the author portrays the psychology of the human mind very accurately in this situation. The quote “Then the next one hit, and the next, the next, the next, rapid-fire. Taiwan, Bangkok, Saudi Arabia, Bombay, Paris, Berlin” from the book (Page 324), shows that people who bought the pill existed all over the world and hence, helped the plague to spread quickly.
Another thing that has been presented by Margaret Atwood in ‘Oryx and Crake’ is the technology of being able to choose their child. This technology already partially exists in our world. It is common for parents to determine the gender of their child even before the child is born. Although it is not common, in our present world, it is possible to design a child and alter genes in order to prevent disease and other undesirable health conditions. Therefore, this technology has been accurate to a certain extent. However, Margaret Atwood accurately presents human response to this technology. I think if people had a choice to choose how their...