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Oryx and Crake: From Perfection to Divnity

In the novel Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood asserts that humans desire the ability to play a divine role by constantly striving for perfection and ontrol over the natural world. Jimmy and Crake both experiments what it feels like to be God through the virtual world. They play the game Blood and Roses, where the players are given the opportunity to trade achievements for atrocities and vice versa (Atwood 95). The players are taking on the role of God by rewriting history and deciding on what the “greater good” is.

Jimmy wonders why Crake would “want to inherit a wasteland,” and Crake replies that “it is the point of the game. ” (Atwood 97) This later comes into play again when Crake creates the BlyssPluss Pill. The pill allows him to reform and reconstruct a new and more ideal world. Crake is trading an atrocity for a utopia for what he believes will be for “the greater good. ” By doing so, Crake goes from playing the role of a higher power in the virtual world to the natural and real world. Throughout Oryx and Crake, humans tamper and attempt to control the natural world.

The ability to control and create new life-forms is one of the many attributes of a divine being. By creating new hybrids and genetically modifying organisms, the scientists are playing with nature. Such organisms include the pigoons; they were altered to grow organs that would be accepted for transplants, to benefit humans (Atwood 27). After a turn of events, the pigoons now hunt and harvest humans; the roles of the hunted and hunter have reversed. Because they are only human, they were unable to anticipate how the experiment could go awry.

The ChickieNobs are headless chickens with tubes extending from their body that have more meat growing on it (Atwood 246-247). Having the ability to create and modify animals “made you feel like God” (Atwood 59), which is why scientists continue to create ew life-forms. By being able to master nature cause humans to believe that they are suitable for the role of God. Crake realizes that the corrupted world they live in requires purification to achieve the next level of perfection; to go back to innocence and purity.

He creates the Crakers to demonstrate perfection and the innocence that mankind lacks. They are genetically modified to have no physical imperfections, emotions or concept of divinity (Atwood 126). He believes that if there is no love or courtship process, there will not be jealousy and other negative emotions that one might habour (Atwood 201-202). Crake takes away human qualities and a personal identity, replacing them with what he believes is useful for their survival (Chadwick).

He is trying to strive for a level of perfection not on a materialistic level but on a level where mankind will exist together in harmony. By creating the Crakers, Crake is taking on the role of creation which belongs to a God. Although he does not believe in Gods or religion, Crake has the subconscious desire for power to be in control, as exhibited through the creation of the Crakers. Throughout the novel, Crake has a desire to be in control and o take on the role of a higher power.