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Oryx and Crake: Introduction
Oryx and Crake: Plot Summary
Oryx and Crake: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Oryx and Crake: Themes
Oryx and Crake: Quotes
Oryx and Crake: Characters
Oryx and Crake: Symbols
Oryx and Crake: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Margaret Atwood
Historical Context of Oryx and Crake
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- Full Title: Oryx and Crake
- When Written: 2001-2003
- Where Written: US and Canada
- When Published: 2003
- Literary Period: Contemporary / feminist
- Genre: Science fiction /speculative fiction
- Setting: North America, unspecified year (most likely late 21st century.)
- Climax: Crake, after it is revealed that he has released a deadly plague, slits Oryx’s throat and is shot by Jimmy as a result.
- Antagonist: Crake
- Point of View: 3rd person limited; Jimmy / Snowman’s perspective.
Extra Credit for Oryx and Crake
The LongPen. In addition to being an author and activist, Atwood is also an inventor. She conceived of a remote signing device called the LongPen, which allows her to attend and perform book signings without being present. The LongPen is an actively sold and marketed product by a company Atwood founded.