Trends in Literature
Oryx and Crake Essay
Please refrain from making grandiose, sweeping statements. The first paragraph should be specific and direct, identifying the title, author, and genre of the works, and ending with a clear, interesting, and succinct thesis statement. Develop the ideas fully in the body, providing logical connections and relevant text-based evidence (TBE). Your tone should be formal and erudite!
Snowman’s world is more beautiful than Jimmy’s.
Crake is intellectually honorable.
Snowman says, “Things happened, I had no idea, it was out of my control” (45).
Jimmy’s mother says, “You’re interfering with the building blocks of life. It’s immoral. It’s … sacrilegious” (57).
“As a species we are doomed by hope?” (120).
Jimmy says, “I don’t have a price” (139).
Ars Longa Vita Brevis (188).
“Jimmy had few illusions” (188).
Jimmy is also to blame for the JUVE epidemic.
Crake calls his project “an elegant concept” (295).
“There were signs and I missed them” (320).
“Watch out for art, Crake used to say. As soon as they start doing art, we’re in trouble. Symbolic thinking of any kind would signal downfall…” (361).