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Young man grants immortality! His methods will shock you!

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Crake erased the Crakers’ fear of death, but has he given them a way to live?

Crake took it upon himself to become a god of sorts, a creator for a new and improved human race, the Crakers. He improved upon man’s physical body and took away from our minds what he deemed useless: art, religion and a fear of death. This, according to him, would make the Crakers perfect and immortal. What he forgot however, would cost him dearly. The Crakers aren’t numbers people. In fact, numbers the way Crake views them is a foreign and all too complicated concept for them.

Before numbers, before all the complexity of the world was understood, what did early man do? They made art. What did they do when they did not understand something? They interpreted it and created religion. What made man seize the day? Our fear of death shaped our very being. Crake said it himself, without one generation, humanity will collapse. With nobody to explain numbers, why did he expect the Crakers to not turn to the simplicity of interpretations?

Even now with all the technology around us, who amongst us is not prone to overthinking? Who here can claim that they do not interpret the world through their own eyes? Crake did so as well: he followed things to their logical conclusions, but from his own perspective. He ignored what makes us human, what differentiates us from the rest of the animal kingdom: our vast learning experiences, our critical thinking, our imagination.

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Crake left the Crakers without any of what early man had, no art, no religion and no fear of death. Crake left the Crakers with no way to defend themselves against natural disasters since they would not fear death. He took away their way of understanding each other through art. He left them dead, without any way to truly live, without a way to understand themselves and the world around them in their own individual way. Then, they found art and started interpreting the world around them. In the end however, what did Crake intend the Crakers to do without art, without interpreting and understanding the world around them? Unable to use complex mathematics and unable to make sense out of everything they don’t know, what would they have done?

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Crake killed mortality, but to not fear death, one must be dead. Thus, the Crakers live.

 

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2 thoughts on “Young man grants immortality! His methods will shock you!

  1. Oh…. this is good. I’ve never thought about it that way, but that is the evolution of man. We made art and then religion, and science only came later. The science that Crake took for granted as the basic building blocks of the human mind actually only developed later in the evolution process, which is actually an ironic twist on his original goal. Crake’s character was always praised for being able to follow hypothesizes to their logical conclusion, but why didn’t he factor in the words people as part of that conclusion… or perhaps he did and he wanted it all to happen. The question of whether or not Crake knew how it would end up is still very real, as he did leave Jimmy, a words person, in charge of the Crakers. It is possible that he agreed with the immortality of art and that he never did disagree with Jimmy, but that he needed to be a numbers person and pursue his goal in order to leave the world to someone he thought could teach humanity better, Jimmy. That might be a little far-fetched… but if not, why didn’t Crake anticipate the lack of numbers people that he had created? Did he think it would come naturally? What was he expecting to happen? This post has raised lots of questions… too bad only Crake and Margaret Atwood have the answers.

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  2. I find it very interesting how you proceed in indicating why the Crakers were created and how you relate it to our world in some ways. As you wrote about humanity, art, religion, death, and technology, it made me look at the Crakers in a different way. I haven’t really thought of it that way before which is why I think it is interesting. I definitely agree when you say that Crake didn’t really think about what it would cost him; he didn’t necessarily think his idea through and think about the consequences. What captured my attention the most as I was reading your blog, is when you mentioned that Crake left the Crakers with no way to defend themselves against natural disasters; I agree. I think that Crake didn’t prepare them for anything at all and if he did, he didn’t prepare them for life. Throughout the trilogy, we are able to notice that they are not very knowledgeable and that they have a lot to learn. I think that your blog is thought-provoking which makes it very interesting to read as it raises multiple questions which one may not have thought of previously. Overall, it is great!

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