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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? What needs to be done: Editing - Purple writing is thesis; if there is any way you can make it into one sentence or make it smoother that would be greatly appreciated - Making transitions if there isn’t any and having those sharp closing statements to relate back to why the book is anti-religious - Third Paragraph (Body #2) Bolded is what needs to be there that I can’t seem to wrap my mind around……I would love a good Bulllshitting :P - Making everything smooth - General editing in terms of grammar and paraphrase like crazy! - You have the permission to change/alter whatever you’d like if you think It will help  Atwood is making a definitive statement as to whether God created man or whether man created God. Undoubtedly, she is suggesting that man creates God in his own mind. Jimmy uses Crake as the creator of the Crakers and Oryx as the creator of animals. Oryx and Crake display a wide variation of religious and biblical references which support Atwood’s beliefs that God is nonexistent, thus illustrating that this is an anti-religious text. The portrayal of anti-religion occurs in this book through the deterioration of Crake’s vision of perfection, which leads to a disbelief in God’s existence. World Figures such as Crake have views suggesting that god is merely an obstacle in the world of science that they know so well. Through Crake’s vision of the world, it is seen that God is a manipulative tool used by those that desire power and control, which is a reflection of the past issues our society still faces. Atwood uses the characters of Crake and Oryx from the perspective of Jimmy to illustrate how God is created from man in an anti-religion context. Crake’s temptation to play the role of God, alongside the corporations who supported Crake’s vision, caused the virus to spread and subsequent destruction of the world. This led to the questioning of God’s existence as God is supposed to be the gateway to happiness and salvation. When the Wolvogs, Pigoons and other creations escaped, the almighty Supreme Being was not there to eliminate them or save the people attacked by these creatures. When evidence of God is not provided, it becomes difficult to believe in his existence. Furthermore, when people say he (God) created the world but 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. During the Holocaust and the ruling of Hitler, people witnessed the world plummet and an Shangara Flora entire race become eradicated – Where was God then? Similarly, in Oryx and Crake, people witnessed the virus kill those around them which led them to question where God was to save them. In addition, there are remarks that the play “Waiting for Godot,” was entirely about two individuals who were loitering by the withered tree waiting for salvation, which never comes. For example, when Vladimir’s says, "But that is not the question. Why are we here, that is the question…We are waiting for Godot to come," it shows how these individuals have waited but have not received an attendance by this figure that science and the notion of evidence supporting theory. is supposedly above them. (Beckett, Act 2). It is natural to assume that Godot stands for God. To this day, we have several atheists who along with the modern society turn towards God Manipulation is not anti-religious, 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 those 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 e
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