It has seemed to me recently, while dealing with an infuriating infection that has temporarily limited my hearing, that nature and humankind differ greatly on their visions of the world. This of course can be portrayed simply, for instance in the human desire for electricity and a shelter made of bricks and cement, in contrast to other animals’ outside habitats. At a very basic level, people crave to escape the cruel downsides that nature possesses, such as the freezing night, and encompassing everything up to disease and death. To this end, we have developed clothes, heaters and medicine, to name but a few. In our fight against negative outside influences, we have conquered many foes, such as smallpox, and medical advances in the next century should add to our list of achievements. This is all positive; in fact, humankind’s technoscientific progress only becomes troubling when we attempt to alter that which is integral to ourselves, rather than simply an outside agent.
Throughout the novel, references to a time passed are often made to suggest a reality before such instant gratifications and such easy accessibility to information was possible. It is this construct of a time before the novel, that enlightens the reader into the post-modern concepts that deal with deconstruction of art, language and history. Continue reading
With the Children of Crake, there is a landscape of peace, “all admirably good-natured,” (169) or according to Snowman/Jimmy very boring. What I find interesting about Atwood’s representation of ‘posthuman’ is how much their society appears to represent elements of a feminist utopia, which I will complicate and I emphasize that it appears to represent a feminist utopia – not that it actually is. Continue reading
Many ideas of humanism are challenged in Margaret Atwood’s novel Oryx and Crake, but I think the one that arises the most is the idea of sexual norms. We are introduced, perhaps not always blatantly, to the sex lives and the ideas of many of the characters, and the sexual norms as perceived by these characters tend to separate the characters in many ways. Continue reading
The depiction of the children of Crake as somewhat human but not blatantly post-human is one that is different from the past representations of the post-human we have seen. In the past few books that we have read, the distinctions between what is human and what is not human have sometimes been clearer such as in the android depictions of Spike from Stone Gods and the cylons in Battlestar Galactica. The children of Crake although possessing some human qualities, lack many of the emotions and materialistic memories that humans possess, which does not allow them the ability to be fully human.