Analysis Of Oryx And Crake By Margaret Atwood

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In the novel Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood, the protagonist, Snowman, lives in the aftermath of a society that was controlled almost entirely by pharmaceutical companies. Snowman, who used to be known as Jimmy, lives in isolation as the human population has been wiped out by a disease that was spread through a drug meant to prevent aging. This was at the hand of his boss and childhood friend, Crake, who wanted to make way for a new race of genetically engineered humanoids that are designed to never experience the ills of modern human society. Before these humanoids, or “Crakers,” had come into existence, pharmaceutical companies owned walled-off cities, known as the Compounds, in which their employees lived as the upper class. All members of these communities worked for the same companies, so much of their lives was dedicated to finding ways to prevent diseases and preserve youth. Outside these walls were the “pleeblands,” where the lower general populations lived. Residents of the Compounds would go so far as to be vaccinated before stepping foot outside their Compounds into the pleeblands for fear of disease. The society described in the novel reflects some aspects of society as we know it today and presents an excellent social commentary. Despite being written in 2003, it accurately predicts and satirizes the “oversharing” that we see on the Internet in 2015. Jimmy and Crake spend their free time throughout high school watching videos online, including
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