Crake is one of the central figures in Oryx and Crake; he is represented both as an adult and as Jimmy's childhood friend. He is first mentioned as a child in Chapter 3– Nooners by Jimmy ('He let's himself drift back to those after-school times with Crake' [1] . Crake initially as a child represents Jimmy's best friend and confidant. Jimmy alludes to the intelligence Crake has when it comes to 'Parallel Strategies' [2], it could appear as the first allusion to Crake's intelligible persona. At this point Jimmy does seem to suggest his feelings of inferiority to Crake – 'Crake was good at those games because he was a master of the sideways jump' [3]. Especially Atwood's use of language (i.e. 'Master') in many ways could be an indicator of Crake's future superiority over Jimmy.

Jimmy does not actually meet child-Crake until Chapter 6-Crake ('a few months before Jimmy's mother vanished, Crake appeared' [4]). It would be appear that Crake is different to other children, he possesses qualities that exceed even some adults – 'Crake though, Crake was different. More like an adult [...], more adult than a lot of adults' [5]. This section also contains a very important allusion to Crake's logical sensibilities, arguably indicative of the novel's descriptive disillusion with the state of nature. Crake likes the explainable, anything that can pertain to a logical conclusion-'You could have an objective conversation with him, a conversation in which events and hypotheses were followed through to their logical conclusions' [6]. What is meant by the novel's disillusion with the state of nature, is Crake's obsession with this new genetically engineered world where he decides what the 'Craker's' are allowed to know. He eliminates the state of nature and the idea of an uncontrollable source making some of the decisions on what happens to one's nature.

[1] Atwood, Margaret Oryx and Crake. London: Virago Press, 2013. p.45

[2] Atwood, Margaret Oryx and Crake. p.45

[3] Atwood, Margaret Oryx and Crake. p.45

[4] Atwood, Margaret Oryx and Crake. p.79

[5] Atwood, Margaret Oryx and Crake. p.79

[6] Atwood, Margaret Oryx and Crake. p.79


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