Thoughts from the front lines

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In year of the flood many themes and ideas are expressed. It makes the reader more engaged with the story and makes the story more interesting. In The Year of the Flood the main character Ren and Toby are fighting for their lives trying to survive this epidemic that Crake caused. So throughout the novel we see a lot of survival tactics which I found interesting. We could relate such tactics to the Native Americans and their traditions.

In the year of the flood we see that mainly Toby uses many tactics and strategies to keep her and the other characters alive and well. One example is when she uses a home aid remedy to help out Ren. She ends up using maggots which is an old way of curing people in the book. Native Americans also used such remedies. Native Americans used leaves and sometimes even food to cure their sick. So we see a relation on how Toby and native Americans use old tactics for survival. Also Native Americans would usually be in tribes. A relation of this is what we see is in the book. We see this from the gardeners, there like a tribe because they support each other and stick with one another. We see how this is also another important technique for survival and dates back to the Native Americains.Margaret Atwood made Toby a lot like an native American in the book Year of the flood. Maybe this was a way of showing the reader that age old traditions are not only important to remember because of history and culture. But also because it could help us when it seems like there is no hope left for survival.

Native American medicine

This theme and idea is very thought provoking. Do you think that age old traditions are important to hold onto for survival benefit? Also do you think that people will someday completely move onto old traditions?



For further reading:

Park, Alex. Do You Know These 25 Native American Survival Skills? Survival Life, 2017, Accessed 4 April 2017.

Native Americans., 2017, Accessed 4 April 2017.

Native American Legends. Legends of America, 2003, Accessed 4 April 2017.

Atwood, Margaret. The Year of the Flood. Vintage Canada,2010.

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A perfect world

The book oryx and Crake suggests many themes and ideas. The reading introduces ideas such as a perfect world and a utopia society. A world with no mistakes, crime or human imperfection. This closely relates to the events of the novel “Uglies” by Scott Westerfeld. In “Uglies” the general population is brainwashed into thinking that they need to get operated in order to fit in with the rest of society. This operation once done removes freedom of thought and adds to them a pretty face.

These two books employ the thought of a utopia and how these utopias are more negative than good. In “Oryx and Crake” presents many examples. One being that they’re splicing the genes of certain animals to make new species. Many people in the modern world  would say that this is unethical behaviour. Also to spawn this perfect society Crake creates his own plague and his own people to create a new society.In hopes to restart from scratch and make humanity perfect from what it used to be. In the uglies they sacrifice their freedom of thought and thinking to be care free, happy and beautiful. These two books show that there are sacrifices when creating a perfect society which demonstrate that big social alterations leads to big sacrifices.




These two books show how a utopia can actually be a dystopia. That society could not be so perfect. In “Oryx and Crake” there are many skills that Crackers dont have like being good at art or being creative. Some people hold close to those values. Likewise, in “Uglies” the people sacrifice their freedom of mind and creativity for a life full of partying and being care free at the cost of their thinking. Some people would say that this is inhumain because what makes us humain and different is art and creativity.

How would you personally like to live? A life with no worries and luxury or a life with free expression and all of life’s chalenges? This could be a hard decision to some and a very easy one to others.



Westerfeld, Scott. Uglies. Random House, 2012.

Atwood, Margaret. Oryx and Crake. Vintage Canada, 2003.    GlpIek6Le7Y/T3e6rAEUtGI/AAAAAAAAACA/RVM5oZML42k/s1600/uglies_new-cover.jpg