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Oryx and Crake Quotes

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Michael Thomas

on 23 February 2013

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Transcript of Oryx and Crake Quotes

Oryx and Crake
Quotes "Sex is no longer a mysterious rite, viewed with ambivalence or downright loathing, conducted in the dark and inspiring suicides and murders. Not its more like an athletic demonstration, a free-spirited romp (165)".

In this quote, Snowman is describing how the act of sexual intercourse is simply a physical process in this society and means nothing more than that. In previous years, this act was thought of as something very respected and special to share between two individuals who love each other. At this time in the novel, Snowman is describing how the Crakers mate with each other. Michael Thomas " "When any civilization is dust and ashes", said Crake, "art is all that's left over. Images, words, music. Imaginative structures. Meaning-human meaning, that is-is defined by them (167)".

In this quote, Crake is describing how society will not remember anything except for the art that was left behind by those who invested in it. The meaning that is left behind is determined by human beings. " "Do they make jokes?"
"Not as such," said Crake. "For jokes you need a certain edge, a little malice. It took a lot of trial and error and we're still testing, but I think we've managed to do away with jokes. (306)".

In this quote, Crake is describing to Jimmy how his new breed of people will not have the ability to laugh simply because it involves a sense of malice. - How is human characteristic modification
bad for society? Why? - How does Atwood characterize
modification in humans? "Falling in love, although it resulted in altered body chemistry and was therefore real, was a hormonally induced delusional state, according to him. In addition it was humiliating, because it put you at a disadvantage, it gave the love object too much power. As for sex per se, it lacked both challenge and novelty, and was on the whole a deeply imperfect solution to the problem of intergenerational genetic transfer (446)".

In this quote, it is explaining the process of falling in love and how it can be so beautiful and yet harmful to certain individuals. "...how much needless despair has been caused by a series of biological mismatches, a misalignment of the hormones and pheromones? Resulting in the fact that the one you love so passionately won't or can't love you. As a species we're pathetic that way: imperfectly monogamous (376)".

In this quote, an explanation is made in terms of how hormones and other bodily chemicals affect our desires towards one another.
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