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Ryerson University
BUS 100
Louis Pike

Shangara Flora Research Essay: Oryx and Crake Outline What does this book say about religion? Do you think it is pro or anti-religion? How does Snowman/Jimmy portray Oryx and Crake as gods? Atwood is making a definitive statement as to whether God created man or whether man created God. Undoubtedly she is suggesting that man inevitably, despite of himself, creates God, with or without outside assistance (explain better). Oryx and Crake displays a wide variation of religious and biblical references which supports Atwood’s notion that God is nonexistent, thus proving that this is an anti-religious text. Jimmy uses Crake as an explanation for the creation of Crakers and Oryx for the creation of animals. Therefore, Crake became the creator of God and Oryx became the creator of animals in the eyes of the Crakers. In regards to anti-religion and this book, we see that the destruction caused by Crake’s vision of perfection leads to a disbelief in God’s existence and those examples prove that God is a manipulative tool used by those that subsist power and control, which is a reflection of the past issues our society still faces. World Figures such as Crake have views that his employees and people embrace. Crake’s temptation to play the role of God, alongside the corporations who supported Crake’s vision, caused the virus spread and subsequent destruction of the world. This led to the questioning of God’s existence. God is supposed to be the gateway to happiness and salvation. When the Wolvogs, Pigs and other creations escaped, the almighty Supreme Being was not there to eliminate them or save the people attacked by these creatures. In every case, when you are not given evidence, it becomes difficult to believe. And in the case of God, when people say he created the world, if he is not there to sustain it, we lose belief in his existence. Throughout history, many disasters and catastrophes have struck the world, yet there has been no reassurance of God’s existence. Since World War II, people have questioned God’s existence. There have been several books published that ask the question and talk about the repercussions of the event such as “Where Was God?” – by Remkes Kooistra. After the Holocaust and the ruling of Hitler, people witnessed the world plummeting and hope was being lost as God allowed it all to happen. Similarily, in Oryx and Crake, people witnessed the virus kill those around them and started to question where God was to save them. Also, there are remarks that the play “Waiting for Godot,” was entirely those who were loitering by the withered tree waiting for salvation, which never comes. It seems fairly certain that Godot stands for God. To this day we have atheists and the modern turn is towards science and the notion of evidence supporting theory. God Manipulation is not anti-religion, however, those that manipulate God for their own purposes initially don't believe in God in a spiritual context. In Oryx and Crake, Jimmy uses Oryx as a God figure to make the Crakers retrieve one fish a week to continue his survival. “The people would never eat a fish themselves, but they have to bring him one a week because he’s told them Crake has decreed it.… He told them Shangara Flora Oryx wants that—she needs the bones of her children so she can make other children out of them.” The Crakers bring Snowman a fish every week because he convinced them that it was the will of Oryx. Snowman laments not having stated this rule differently, he should have asked for more fish. He gobbles the fish down, licks his fingers, and throws the bones in the ocean. The book Bright Sided has great literature on how positive thinking leads to most downfalls and how CEOs resemble the characteristics of preachers and vice versa. In the chapter “Motivation,” it says how companies started to use motivational speakers to corporate meetings to manage “change”. By “change”, they meant layoffs and the extra workload imposed on layoff survivors. And in the chapter, God wants you to be Rich; the section was about how Christia
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