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Chelsea Reizner English 112 March 5, 2007 Fridge Magnets “You can tell a lot about a person from their fridge magnets […]” (Atwood, 347) Refrigerator magnets are meant so every time the refrigerator is opened these magnets are seen. Now think about how many times a day the refrigerator is pulled open, probably more than once a day. A statement, a quotation, a question, a joke, a picture drilled into one’s head. These fridge magnets that are so commonly positioned on refrigerators all over the world are of the owner’s phrases to live by. Crake also falls guilty of having fridge magnets; however, his magnets show foreshadowing motives for future repercussions. Crake’s fridge magnets can be answers to the questions that may have been raised after reading this book. From the beginning of the novel, Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood, the refrigerator magnets are introduced in Crake’s dorm suite. The quotes which appeared on the magnets pertained to the world of science. Further along in the novel, at Crake’s office, the second set of magnets is presented. However, these magnets are not of scientific belief but of spiritual belief. Siliconsciousness. Broken up, silicon consciousness. Siliconsciousness is a magnet which appeared on Crake’s fridge in his dorm. This word may directly refer to Silicon Valley in the Santa Clara Valley, California, which is where the first computer was made; they are also big technology firms in northern California. The word on the fridge, Siliconsciousness, could also mean how the world that Crake lives in is technology obsessed. Technology is on everyone’s minds. Crake, being very scientific, is also passionate about technology and what it can do to the world. 1
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Siliconsciousness may describe Crake’s state of mind in this technological world; however, it is this next quote that describes how he uses his technological smarts. “I wander from Space to Space,” appears on Crake’s refrigerator in his dorm suite at the Watson-Crick Institute. This magnet can connect to the fact that Crake was working in more than one space. While Crake was working in two spaces, the other students were only working in one space. A space refers directly to the area in which a student at the institute is working. When the narrator says, “Once they found Jimmy wasn’t working on a space - was attending, in fact, an institution they clearly regarded as a mud puddle- they lost interest in him,” explains the meaning of the word “space.” (Atwood, 209) He could have been working on the actual BlyssPluss pill and the effects it was supposed to take, but also working on the effects it would take later on, the virus. Now that the idea of spaces is introduced, this next quote will focus on a specific space, animal splicing. Another magnet says, “Little spoat/gider, who made thee?” The significance of this is a bit unclear but it is the mascot at the Watson-Crick Institute. The spoat/gider was the first successful splice in Montreal at the turn of the century. The spoat/gider is a cross between a
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This note was uploaded on 04/30/2008 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Heidimckee during the Spring '08 term at Miami University.

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