Margaret Atwood 's `` Oryx And Crake ``

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In today’s society, especially in the American education system, there is often an emphasis placed more on math and science, rather than the arts. Similar to Marc Slouka’s central argument in “Dehumanized”, Atwood agrees that capitalism has led to a culture where it is almost shameful to pursue the arts and humanities. This conflict is reflected in Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake, where the protagonist struggles to clutch onto the seemingly intangible value of the arts amidst a capitalist society where scientific innovation is encouraged. However, even after this society’s eradication of anything that cannot turn a profit, Crake’s genetic modification, and the destruction of almost the entire human race, the efforts to eliminate the arts were still not effective. In this way, Atwood argues that it is not wise to attempt to eradicate the arts because the need for self-expression through arts and emotions is embedded in what defines humanity. Atwood uses Oryx and Crake as a vehicle to stress the importance of valuing the arts and humanities in a capitalist society, specifically in the education system. After high school, Jimmy attends an arts and humanities school, which is clearly underfunded and looked down upon. The Martha Graham Academy, considered the laughing stock of colleges, was quite literally “falling apart” (185). The underfunding of perhaps the only arts and humanities school left in this society reflects how useless the general public deems studying this field…
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