Summary Of Margaret Atwood's Oryx And Cake

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This article analyzes the ecocritical insights in Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Cake (2003). The main analysis will mainly concentrate on the appropriation of natural elements in the novel. This appropriation includes the anthropomorphic qualities inserted into the novel’s textual fabric. The anthropomorphic features are the human qualities or characteristics given to animals and inanimate things. I will focus on how the anthropomorphic features help us to understand the function of nature in ecocritical contexts. More specifically, how nature could serve as an integral part of human natural environment. As such, nature is the non-human part of environment and people are the human element of the natural environment. Accordingly, the analysis will accentuate some anthropomorphic characters, such as Pigoons, who are a…show more content…
She shows this more exquisitely through the character of Jimmy, who despite being man, displays interest in arts, and defends it against masculine science represented by scientist friend Crake” (589). This is because “Oryx being a woman is shown to be practical and reasonable in her approach as opposed to Jimmy who is displayed as emotional and sentimental. Jimmy is shown to be opposing Crake for all of his scientific endeavors, be it new inventions or genetically engineered organisms” (589). Accordingly, the image of “Oryx is described as sexual commodity who is sexually objectified and oppressed in patriarchal society owing to her femininity. She is harassed both on account of her sexuality and class and treated as “body” and object” (590). Therefore, Atwood deconstructs the “belief of masculinity as biologically superior and femininity as biologically inferior. She nullifies the essentialism associated with gender and gender identities proving them to be the product of social and cultural construction”

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