Role of Women in Oryx and Crake - Coggle Diagram
Role of Women in Oryx and Crake
distorted sexuality - what is love?
Jimmy supports the industries (pornography, genetic modification) that traumatised both oryx and his mother
CONTRAST - if Oryx could be portrayed as the "female ideal", then Jimmy's mother would be the opposite, the "type of women men don't like" - she disagrees and stands up for her opinion, she isn't always happy, etc. She (and Oryx) also show how women are objectifies - Jimmy's mother is viewed by him as his mother, not as a human being who is allowed to have flaws and desires.
Jimmy's mother is expected to be the 'ideal' mother/wife and he is hurt and blinded by the fact that she left him for support her own values. He doesn't realise there is good in her.
IRONY - Sharon's passion is in support of nature (activist) does not like manipulating of genetics etc. however she does not fulfill the natural order (which was expected). Though she did fulfill it - she is a naturalist a heart - since it was fulfilled in a different way and therefore she was not accepted
PG 155 - It made her feel strong to know that the men thought she was helpless but she was not
Jimmy often wanted to break Oryx's indifference to her past. Jimmy wants to play the protector, but she wants to move past it.
Oryx only holds value to Jimmy in her vulnerable state. However she lived most of her life without him or needing a protector
PG 151 - she was good at selling flowers. She was so small and fragile, her features are so clear and pure. She was given a dress too big for her, and in it she looked like an angelic doll.
Sharon - depressive episodes, substance abuse etc however after breaking free from the controlled situation of the compounds she was able to 'spread her wings'
despite that Jimmy has a negative view of his mother, her as a motif shows that she is more than just that.
gender and feminity
roles and expectations
fem and masc could be attached to clothing and behaviour so it could be argued that crake was just thinking in terms of biology
feminity and biology are separate however there is no choice with the crakers
CRAKERS WERE NEVER GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO IDENTIFY AS ANYTHING ELSE. COMPLETELY AT THE MERCY OF THEIR BIOLOGICAL FUNCTIONS
THE CRAKERS REPRESENT EVERYTHING THAT IS CONSTRUCTED OF FEMININITY AND HIS PERSONAL IDEA OF IT AND WHAT IT SHOULD BE AND THEIR FUNCTION HOWEVER JIMMY DOES NOT CONSIDER THEM SERIOUS
Dichotomy - crake's mother is not mentioned. He made a species that does not need mothers after being reared
Crake sees attachment, emotion, sexuality as a weakness! He believes in removing the source (familial connection) then he removes consequences of it (wars, etc.) and creates a better society