Oryx and Crake

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… (read full symbol analysis)
The book repeatedly draws attention to the difference between “inside” and “outside” and the efforts to keep the two separated. The emphasis on sanitation is an indication of this: keeping the clean “in” and the… (read full symbol analysis)
The Pleeblands are “outside”—lawlessness, disease, and poverty abound. Contagion threatens to break into the body from air or water. Outside stands for fear, foreignness, dirtiness, poverty, and desolation. After the plague, the inside and outside… (read full symbol analysis)