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The Good, the Bad and the Confusing ?

2013-07-12-endangered-languagesSpeeches. Stories. Books. Advertisement. Through language we are able to communicate are every thought, feeling and experience to other people. In some cases language and how we use it can influence the way we see things and teach us things we never thought possible. Real life and the world in which the Maddaddam trilogy is based has taught us this.

History has seen some of the most influential speakers have a big impact on entire countries through their words. Although their influence is not always a good one, it is an influence nonetheless and shows how much words can change people. In the trilogy, people are practically being constantly manipulated by other people through what they are told. Advertisement tells them they want to remain young and pretty, Adam One tells the Gods Gardeners what to believe in and Toby tells Crake all about how they came to be.

In our world, we have people like Hitler who was able to take advantage of people’s weaknesses to convince them that his every word was truth. I don’t think I need to mention what that lead to… On the other hand,Martin-Luther-King-Jr.-Quotes-25-The-Best-Ones we have very important people who were able to use language for good and to fight for good causes. From Martin Luther King Jr. who fought for equality to John F. Kennedy who gav
e people hope after a time of war, in these cases speeches were used to make a difference in the world.

Another interesting note is how words can be manipulated to suit the persons needs. In Maddaddam, Toby tells the Crakers stories about their origins and “real” life but tends to leave out important details that might make her life more complicated if she tells them considering how many questions they ask.

Language can be a beautiful thing that does a lot of good and some people have a way with words that can really touch people who is a quality that can be good or bad. When a person that can use Language easily to influence others makes up lies it can create wars and change the world in a terrible way. But, like we saw with Toby and the Crakers, sometimes telling a story that isn’t entirely the truth is the only way to go because in who knows how the Crakers would take knowing everything about the real world when they cry when they find out the painballers are bad guys.


Now that you’ve seen how confusing language can be, have you ever found a speech really inspiring ? And if so how can you be so sure it is all truth ? I am the kind of person who believes language can be used as a sort of weapon and should not be taken lightly, do you agree ?

Works Cited:
Macias, Amanda. “Why Hitler was such a Successful Orator”. Business Insider, 13 May,2015. Accessed 5 April,2017. 
Pegg, David. “25 Speeches that Change the World”. List 25, 4 April,2017. Accessed 5 April, 2017.
Bourne, Lynda. “The Role of Oration in Communication- a Lost Art ?” Moisaicproject’s Blog, Worpress, 30 October, 2012. Accessed 5 April, 2017.







When Crake was creating his own perfect human being, he might have found an Oxford Study on human nature pretty useful. In 2011 Oxford University professors conducted a study across 20 different countries on human nature and religion and how it is in our nature to believe in God or Gods and an after-life. Now, it is important to note that their mission wasn’t to prove that a God does or does not exist, but to prove that it is in our nature to ask ourselves what our purpose in life is and how we were put here.

Are these questions ringing any bells? The Crakers and the Gardeners both ask themselves these questions in the books. The Crakers started praying to Oryx, Crake and Snowman, which Crake had obviously not intended since he believed that any form of art would basically lead to misery, and the Gardeners also have their own complex view of why God put them on Earth and how they were created.

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The children of Crake have no difficulty believing that Crake is a magical being that can control wind and lives in the sky which the study touches upon. The study found that it is common for children of a certain age to believe that their mothers and God can see everything they do, but when they realize their mother can’t see everything they do they still believe God can.

This study doesn’t prove in any way that because it is natural for us to believe in a God or Gods that there is one, in fact even atheists can use this study to defend their point of view. Crake would use this study to defend his point of view by saying that we only believe in God/s because it is in our nature and we have to fight it or even edit it out of our system. A person like Jimmy who more easily believes in God, would use it to defend the idea that it is in our nature for a reason and it proves that there is a God or Gods.

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How do you think you would use this study to defend your religious beliefs? Do you think Crake could have been successful in editing out this part of our human nature and do you think he should have?


Works Cited

University of Oxford. “Humans ‘predisposed’ to believe in gods and the afterlife.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 14 July

Greene, Richar A. “Religious belief is human nature, huge new study claims”. CNN, May 12,2011.     study-claims/