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The Fine Line Between Right and Wrong

Atwood’s Oryx and Crake plunges the reader into a universe that oddly resembles ours. In fact, the compound and pleb land world could be -arguably, a mirror universe of our own world, with its education system, the advancement of science – that has possibly gone too far, and the compound system, which reminds me of the walls that are building up around the world. (Turkey, Israel, and now the United States, not to mention the numerous “walls” in Europe)

Keeping in mind the similarity between Atwood’s fictional world and our own world, it is fair to assume that what has happened in the novel might as well happen in the world we live in. In that case, would a Crake-life hero be considered a hero or not?

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In my opinion, Crake deserves to be seen as a hero despite the fact that he assassinated billions of humans. That is, Crake alone designed a master plan which aims at saving humanity. I believe, that the sacrifice of all those people for the “new human race” (the Crakers) was worth it. Why? Because humanity was already heading to its own end. Without a “savior”, the Man would go extinct with nothing but a trail of mistakes as his legacy. On the other hand, yes, the murder of all those people is an issue. But at the same time, it was the only way for Crake to guarantee the success of his “mission”.

I believe, that the sacrifice of all those people for the “new human race” (the Crakers) was worth it. Why? Because humanity was already heading to its own end. Without a “savior”, the Man would go extinct with nothing but a trail of mistakes as his legacy. On the other hand, yes, the murder of all those people is an issue. But at the same time, it was the only way for Crake to guarantee the success of his “mission”. If Crake didn’t kill everyone – or almost everyone, his plan might have failed because of people trying to take advantages of the Crakers, who are naive and despite their physical stature, defenseless because of their innocence. Another reason for which many criticize the protagonist of this novel is for his decision to kill Oryx, would in many people’s opinion, should stayed alive with Jimmy to help the Crakers. As a counter argument, I would say that without killing Oryx, Jimmy would never have had the courage to kill his best friend. In fact, Crake himself seemed to have some difficulty leaving the world as it is, to the point that he had to get himself drunk.

In the end, readers learn that the Crakers becoming more “humane” by exploring arts. Crake decided to take the future of humanity in his own hands, and become a God-like figure himself by creating the Crakers. That is his legacy and the legacy of all men and thus, is why he should be considered as a hero for giving a second chance to humanity through the Crakers. jimmy