• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Discuss the three main characters, Jimmy, Crake and Oryx, found in the novel Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood; portraying a dystopic world in our near future.

Extracts from this document...


Internal Assessment: Oral Expos� Allow me to start you off with a question. Isn't it hard to comprehend the idea of a novel, without any characters? Think a second. Well yes. There will be no dialogue, no experiences hence no story to convey, and no novel to start with. Therefore characters are one of the most necessary elements of a novel; and this is what this oral presentation will scrutinize. This oral presentation aims to answer these questions during the process: how are the characters presented on paper, how do may the readers interpret the characters, what are the purposes of the characters and their actions. These questions will refer to the three main characters, Jimmy, Crake and Oryx, found in the novel Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood; portraying a dystopic world in our near future. Jimmy is the main character of the novel. The author presents Jimmy to us at the beginning of the book as a naked and ruined man, which has somehow survived a disaster of some sort. He is a vulnerable creature that has managed to stay alive in a new dangerous and vicious ecosystem. ...read more.


Glenn acts similar to an average teenager however he lacks the emotions and tenderness. Nonetheless he possesses a strong logic. Glenn only operates from logical theorems like robots we see in science fiction. When Jimmy and Glenn start playing a game called Extinctathon, Glenn adopts the name Crake (name of an extinct red necked Australian bird). Foreshadowing his, own extinction in near the end of the novel. Although his name changes Crake doesn't develop through the novel. Crake continues depending only on pure logic at every aspect of life and lacks the human emotions. Crake is blinded from his desire to carry out his logical theorems and kills all of humanity including him. No normal human being can ever dare to think of an action like this. Crake lacks the realism that Jimmy possesses. Most readers will identify Glenn as the most intelligent kid in class who always has something clever to say. I heard that most people think that Jimmy's and Crake friendship is improbable. The mentality is that people become friends with people as same as them, intelligent with intelligent, sporty people with sporty people etc. ...read more.


Actually it is more similar to a "v" shape where Oryx is the point of the shape. This produces a new conflict: a conflict for Jimmy to win his true love entirely from Crake. Another would be Oryx having to choose one of the two. However Oryx isn't in a state of conflict, when any normal person should. This leaves the character incomplete and alien to readers. To conclude, all three of the characters are different from each other: Jimmy is the closest representation of us humans, Crake is what robot are like in humans destroying humans thinking they are imperfect, and Oryx is the na�ve beautiful girl that follows anyone that sound convincing. Crake and Oryx may lack the humanlike features; however they have important drives to fulfill. This novel wouldn't be what it is without them. Nonetheless Jimmy is the strongest and most entertaining character in the Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood. Throughout the presentation I tried to give a brief background of the characters, how many readers might interpret these characters, and their roles in the novel. Every individual reads and understand differently. Of course, literature pieces are always debatable. Now if there is any question please feel free and thank you listening. ?? ?? ?? ?? IB 2 English SL 1 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate World Literature section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related International Baccalaureate World Literature essays

  1. In Time for a Tiger, Anthony Burgess impresses upon his readers that his heroes ...

    While Nabby, Fenella and Victor movde to different countries and states, Alladad was left "completely alone" (pg. 161) in Malaya. His new life consisted of a bullet wound, more freedom, the promotion to Sergeant and the promise "to try to love his wife" (pg.

  2. Fasting, Feasting by Anita Dessai. Description of the main Characters

    opportunities, Arun is as equally unhappy with the state of his life as Uma is with hers. As the only male child in the family, Arun receives favored treatment from the day of his birth. Soon after Arun arrives, Uma is forced to quit school in order to help care

  1. There are three main types of irony, those being, situational, dramatic and verbal. Those ...

    the window looking at her long beautiful hair and she lets a few tears out as she pulls her hair up quickly. To the audience you think she is just sad about her situation of not having money, but she knows she is about to go cut all of her hair off to get money.

  2. Catcher in the Rye Oral presentation

    The pond is in transition between two states, just as Holden is in transition between childhood and adulthood. Allie Allie, Holden's young brother who died several years earlier, is also a major symbol in "The catcher in the rye". When Holden remembers incidents from his past involving Allie, his attitude

  1. Sympathy, in the case of Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood and Tracks by ...

    This is a severing of her emotional ties with her family. Furthermore, she is an outcast in her own race - the Indians, who view her as a witch. To be despised by one's own race is like losing one's identity.

  2. Comparitive commentary on an extract from Oryx and Carkeby Maragaret Atwood and Time Capsule ...

    The narrator uses personal pronoun so that the reader can easily relate to the story. And also the story mostly focuses on the destruction of natural resources by human being.

  1. IB English Oral

    She is also strong enough to resist the beatings that she receives from Joe and she manages to pass the intense trial she is put in for the death of Tea Cake. Daisy, on the other hand, is not as strong willed and determined as Janie.

  2. Social Distinction in the novel Pygmalion

    When she leaves him, Higgins laughs without irony or, we suspect, very much genuine sadness. Eliza?s transformation demonstrates that social distinctions such as accents are artificial and suggest that class barriers can be overcome by language training. It becomes questionable however if language reveals or forms one's character.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work