Oryx and crake is a dystopian post-apocalyptic novel. Novels of this genre don"t usually explain what caused chaos but oryx & crake does. Mention of ebola crisis which is presently occurring. Connections between oryx & crake & other novels: Someone trying to survive & orient themselves. Parallel hearn & slaney"s friendship to crake"s & snowman"s friendship. Greek myth of prometheus making humans is like how crake makes crakers. He sleeps in a tree like a gorilla/primate. He wears a grimy & stinky toga which is worn by monks or greeks who governed & set laws. Multicolored, which undoes racial hierarchies of only one race being beautiful. Similarities between oryx & crake & other works: To genesis: maddaddam renames & recreates animals. Paradise = paradice in oryx & crake. A priest named girolamo savonarola convinced citizens of florence to burn unholy things (makeup, music, etc) on february 07, 1497. Emmanuel levinas talks about what it means to be morally obligated.