Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake Essay

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In a world dominated by religion it was thought that the only place where perfection existed was within God. In some cases, for instance the ontological argument, it was the proof to his existence. But in a modern world the concept of perfection has been distorted and comes with an abundance of seemingly negative consequences, ultimately putting into question whether or not perfection is even possible. In Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake the concept of perfection is constantly challenged in a world run by corporations who are trying to package human perfection and profit from it. The desire and attempt towards attaining perfection brings moral instability and corruption. Even though perfection seems as if it is the ultimate and most …show more content…
They allow for a life that is much better and more comfortable than one in the pleeblands but the people in charge try so hard to provide this ‘perfect life’ for the residents that they begin to bend on morals. When Jimmy reflects on the Compound he lived in as a child he notes:
Outside the OrganInc walls and gates and searchlights, things were unpredictable. Inside, they were the way it used to be when Jimmy’s father was a kid, before things got so serious, or that’s what Jimmy’s father said. Jimmy’s mother said it was all artificial, it was just a theme park and you could never bring the old ways back, but Jimmy’s father said why knock it? You could walk around without fear, couldn’t you? Go for a bike ride, sit at a sidewalk café, buy an ice cream cone? Jimmy knew his father was right, because he himself had done all of these things. (Atwood 27)
This mode of thinking, executed by Jimmy’s father, is what allows the moral corruption to continue. The people who run the Compounds use the fallacy of tradition to make the residents oblivious to their wrongdoings. Since the life they provide for the employees is so much like what they were all used to as children and is so close to the perfect life they want for themselves and for their children, they are able to look past moral failures. The corporations try to offer the perfect life, but

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