The color green is featured prominently in the novel. The compounds are decorated with lush artificial plant life, the world after the plague resembles a tropical rainforest, with big green vines reclaiming man-made structures. Most significantly the eyes of the Crakers
are a bright and arresting green color (due to their ingestion of enormous amounts of chlorophyll. Though green traditionally represents what is natural and environmentally friendly, in Oryx and Crake
it often indicates the intrusion of human science on natural processes. Most of the plant life that still exists after the plague is the result of experimentation and genetic splicing. The Crakers’ green eyes are the result of a godlike creative act accomplished by Crake
—genetically altered human embryos so that they would be able to process vegetation like rabbits. However, green also represents the naiveté and innocence that perhaps preceded scientific advancements—Oryx
must put green contacts in because the Crakers will not understand her brown eyes. The Crakers are “green” both in their eye color and in the sense that they have not seen or experienced much (just as a novice in any skill or discipline, for example, may be described as being “green”). Green in the novel is the convergence of hyper-intelligence and naive innocence, arrogance and humility, and complexity and simplicity. It is therefore a figure for much of the conflict in the novel.