Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

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In the science fiction novel Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood, the author as put by Jayne Glover in critical analysis “Human/Nature: Ecological Philosophy in Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake”, Atwood “speculates on what the near future may be like considering the realities of contemporary environmental, social and political issues” (Glover 50). Atwood’s novel specifically focuses on the question: when will the line be drawn? She emphasizes dystopian ideals by painting a grim picture of a futuristic society that extends many of the scientific capabilities available today to a probable future state of existence. Additionally Atwood portrays a society that is consistent with a godless and soulless people that would logically evolve if all current standards of morality were abandoned. In Oryx and Crake, Atwood uses society’s obsessive need for immortality to demonstrate the dystopian idea of the loss of sacredness of life. Atwood demonstrates this theme through the use of symbolism and biblical allusions. Atwood uses the theme of immortality to show how the need to always be young and to never die is a dystopian ideal. The creation of the “pigoons” (Atwood 22), which is a genetic altered pig that grows “an assortment of foolproof human-tissue organs…organs that would transplant smoothly and avoid rejection, but would also be able to fend off attacks by opportunistic…
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