Oryx and Crake Setting & Symbolism

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The Picture of Oryx

When Oryx is a child, the teenage boys Crake and Jimmy see Oryx on a porn web site. Crake saves her picture, and he prints a copy for Jimmy. In the image, she seems contemptuous and violated.

Snowman's Model of Chaos

To explain the concept of chaos to the Crakers, Snowman stirs dirt and water in a plastic child's pail that has washed up on the beach.

The Child Trader's Gold Watch

The dealer who buys young Oryx from her family wears a gold watch. It is unclear whether it is made of actual gold, but nevertheless the watch is a badge of quality that convinces the villagers that the dealer is a legitimate businessman. Later, when the dealer imprisons the children in the city, he tells them that a voice in the watch can always tell him where each child is. Snowman later...

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