Margaret Atwood's Oryx And Crake

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In Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake, the novel alternates between past and present action and is viewed through the memories of Snowman/Jimmy. In a futuristic dystopia, Atwood places Snowman in the wake of a cataclysmic event that has eradicated most of human life. Snowman is left to care for Crakers, biogenetically engineered humans that have been programmed, by Snowman’s best friend Crake, not to be: aggressive, sexually charged, racist, or religious, mature by the age of four, and die by the age of thirty. In this cautionary tale, Atwood manages to construct a society propelled by commercialism, pornography, and technology; albeit extremist, her reality is not that far off from ours. Multiple advertisements and advancements in skin care and rejuvenation plague our eyes and ears every day, constantly reminding us that we are dying and that we have to keep up with society’s impossible standards of beauty. Society wishes…show more content…
Society has a youthful fixation ingrained in their minds from excess advertising and because of that, people spend thousands of dollars on surgeries to slow down the aging process or to replace or refine parts of their body. These large corporations, who market these items toward us, perpetuate this definition of beauty to profit off society and to further widen the gap of economic inequality between corporate powers and their targeted

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