Margaret Atwood Writing Styles in Oryx and Crake

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Point of View

The novel is told from the third-person point of view, but the narrator only knows what is in Jimmy/Snowman's mind. The narrator guides the reader through the action of the story using Jimmy's thoughts as well as the bits of dialogue that Jimmy remembers from conversations with the other characters. Jimmy seems to have a reliable memory. He jumps between topics and time periods, which makes for a piecemeal narrative that keeps the reader wondering what exactly has happened in Jimmy's recent history.

After surviving an extremely traumatic set of experiences and living for a long time without any real humans to talk to, Jimmy experiences a great deal of confusion. He is, for instance, plagued by random quotes that pop up in his mind, and usually he cannot remember where he read or heard those words.

Setting

The first setting for the novel is...

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