Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
As I first started to read ‘Oryx and Crake’, I was somewhat skeptical of whether or not I would enjoy reading it. The first chapter confused me with unusual words that I have never heard or seen before. Whenever I read something it is usually a book or magazine that I plan on reading or that is based on actual facts on a certain subject such as history or sports related. This book came as a surprise as I started to read it because it was not as hard to understand as I thought it would be and was actually quite enjoyable. The symbols in this book can mean many different things based on what the reader believes since religion plays a big part in it.
Margaret Atwood provides us with a story of human catastrophe where everything is going good and in an instance it all falls apart. She seems to be fascinated with technology and believes that ideas which seem impossible now will someday become real. She uses environmental topics that relate to our world today in which devastation has occurred and will continue to happen in the near future. Examples such as droughts, volcanoes erupting, and the Earth’s temperature rising are all pointed to actual civilization and not just a made up compound where scientists try to improve and create new and better things.
As I continued to get further into the novel I was beginning to anticipate a disaster that would soon arise. The compounds seemed prone to trouble with a big number of scientists running around inventing new animals such as pigoons and rakunks and new medicines that seemed too good to be true. While living conditions differed from what we live in today the people in the compounds still faced problems that we also face. Drugs, alcohol, and porn are some of the big problems that occur in both worlds. This made me realize that in our society today we concentrate on making what we have bigger and better instead of doing something about problems that people face everyday, such as drugs and the homeless.
Jimmy had been troubled throughout his life especially during his childhood. His parents didn’t love him; his teachers didn’t think much of him, and the girl of his dreams was involved in child porn. At one part of the novel Jimmy asked his mother if he could get a cat and she replied, “No, Jimmy, you cannot have a cat. We’ve been over this before. Cats might carry diseases that would be bad for the pigoons.” Jimmy did not seem to get the love that he should from his parents but seemed to get through it. Atwood never really explained what the importance was to Oryx being in child pornography and wonder why that was even put in the novel. Problems continue for Jimmy even until the end of the story where he fights to survive when he believes that he is the only one left. It seemed that Jimmy wasn’t as good as Crake and couldn’t live up to Crake’s expectations as he went to a mediocre school and Crake went to a prestigious school.