Oryx and Crake


Margaret Atwood

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MaddAddam Character Analysis

MaddAddam is the mysterious game master of the game “Extinctathon,” where players are tested on their knowledge of extinct species. Maddaddam uses the game to recruit ideas for subversive or rebellious “initiatives” (like devising a virus that might kill off certain animal species invented by the corporations). He only seeks ideas from those (like Crake) who have achieved grandmaster status in the game. Crake ends up hiring his employees at Paradice from Maddaddam’s pool of grandmasters, by convincing them they are safer working inside the compound system then from outside of it.
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MaddAddam Character Timeline in Oryx and Crake

The timeline below shows where the character MaddAddam appears in Oryx and Crake. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 4
Scientific Progress & Its Costs Theme Icon
Extinction & Evolution Theme Icon
Crake becomes particularly obsessed with a game called “Extinctathon” monitored by someone called MaddAddam. The game tests players’ knowledge of extinct species. Certain players are grandmasters, and Jimmy suspects... (full context)
Chapter 8
The State of Human Relationships Theme Icon
Extinction & Evolution Theme Icon
...Jimmy agrees, and when Crake logs on Jimmy realizes that Crake has become a grandmaster. MaddAddam instructs grandmaster Crake (via a screen pop-up) to “find his playroom.” In order to do... (full context)
Scientific Progress & Its Costs Theme Icon
Corporate Power & Commodification Theme Icon
The State of Human Relationships Theme Icon
...events where mysterious hostile bioforms attacked the animals and products created by major corporations. Then Maddaddam asks for “new initiatives.” Jimmy gets nervous and asks Crake what’s going on. Crake explains... (full context)