Pathetic or Praiseworthy? Pleeblands & Proles
As I was reading Oryx And Crake I was reminded of the Proles who inhabit the world outside the Party of 1984 (By George Orwell for the .0001% of you who have never heard of it). These people, who live outside the strict, monitored regimentation, are described as foreign and animalistic. However, Winston states:“If there was hope it must lie in the Proles”. Similarly, in Oryx and Crake the citizens living outside the compound are described as chaos inciting savages who live either as radicals or consumers for compound products. However, as more details emerge, we learn many of those who live outside the compounds do so to adhere to moral standards, in an attempt to fight the overreaching power of the corporation in the future depicted in Oryx and Crake. I wonder to which standards I would adhere, those of progress or those of principle? As a humanities student the idea of a society solely focused on scientific inquiry is horrifying. In Never Let Me Go, we are faced with an insulated world where Art is means of self-fulfillment and depicting humanity. In Oryx and Crake, when science is of the utmost priority, the ends are horrific. Thus the importance of balanced humanity emerges, of one not based solely on profit. This humanity is depicted not in the Compounds or the Party, but in the Pleeblands and The Proles; who continue to practice Spirituality, Art, and Diversity.