Religion In Margaret Atwood's Oryx And Crake

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What is religion? Why is mankind addicted to this conception unlike other species? Why does humanity submit to one, or multiple super powerful entities? Is there a neurological component that drives humans or is part of the societal construction? Such overwhelming questions have subjective answers due to varying descriptions of entities and research. However, the general consensus can compromise that indeed religion is derived from humanity. The practice of worship, in simpler terms, implements an objective to all of societies. Not only does it provide the satisfaction of mankind’s inception but it provides them a purpose. That purpose- that motivation- can range from following the 10 Commandments to spreading peace and love. The human mind is engineered to be curious and determine their justification for existence. Yet, even more imperative, religion is detrimental for all functioning societies. Even the biologically modified Crakers are not resistant to this conception in Margaret Atwood’s post apocalyptic dystopian novel Oryx and Crake. This cult classic’s plot revolves around one man’s plan to eradicate humanity and be replaced with primitive yet flawless human-like creatures called Crakers. These advanced creatures possess traits that mimic primal neanderthals, including religion. Unbeknownst to Crake’s creations, they practice…show more content…
As a crude response, Crake replies“You don’t get it. That stuff’s been edited out”’(361). Religious scholar Suel refutes Crake’s argument when he brings up, “Hans Mol described the chief function of religion as the stabilization of individual and group identity”(558).Religion serves as a fundamental stabilization for groups, in order for the Crakers to prosper in the world, they must adapt some form of faith as their foundation- not even eradicating religion in their minds will

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