Once Upon A Wolvog

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Cabins vs Mansions


Vilas to favelas, cabins to mansions, soup kitchens to country clubs, people have been separated socially and economically around the world for centuries. We always knew that this is a problem in our past and even present, however we do not know if it will still be relevant in the future. Throughout the first two novels, Oryx and Crake and the Year of the Flood, we can see that social and economic classes are formed and there are still judgments made upon each other. In the story, we can see two separations, people from the Compounds and those from the PleeBlands. People in the Compounds live a better life, they have a high paying job, a home in proximity of the workplace, security and much more, they are presented as the upper class. People in the PleeBlands are the middle and lower class. Many are viewed as druggies, drunks, crazy and dumb people.

This presentation made from Margaret Atwood is also a sad reality that we experience and see every day. Naturally, we do not have any walls that separate the different classes, but we can see them with the different clothing, neighborhoods and even the person’s attitude. People are forgetting the main reason they do their jobs and they seek the one that makes them have the most digits in their bank account. Many will forget their values and not even question if it is the right thing to do. Everybody starts seeing their wants and desires as needs, as a necessity to life.



In many societies, there is a big economic gab between the upper and lower class which leads to economic inequality, in other words, the rich become richer and the poor become poorer. This leads to the lower class having a struggle to progress and reach the middle class. This concept is seen in countries like Nigeria, in 2004, 55% of the population earn less than 1$ a day and the percentage increased to 61% in 2014. In addition, there are 16,000 millionaires and that number is expected to increase to 23,000 this year. It is hard to find solutions to try to decrease the gab and eliminate the inequality because often the ones in charge are the ones that make the most and they are happy with how the country operates. How can we help change this situation, who can change this, when will we live in a world there are no social and economic classes like the crakers? I leave you with this picture that I stumbled upon during my research which shocked me and left me disgusted…

rich vs poor 2


2 thoughts on “Cabins vs Mansions

  1. I find this extremely interesting, and it’s a topic that has been discussed a lot more frequently in the media since the beginning of the US political campaign, where most everyones “most favorite american” created the “ideal” tax plan where taxes would be reduced across the board, when in reality those on the higher end of the income scale would in fact be paying less taxes, but consequently those on the lower end of the scale would be paying higher tax rates. It’s sad because they’re being taken advantage of, and the more fortunate don’t really care. And in relation to the books, I find it interesting how you say that the people living in the Compounds live a better life than those in the Pleeblands. From my perspective, I see it how really, none of them are really happy. Some pleeblanders are jealous of the rich living in the compounds, but also there is mention of how compounders sneak out to the pleebs seeking adventure and fun.


  2. I don’t think that we will ever live in a world where everyone has an equal income.
    Sadly, we live in a world with some major inequalities between classes. We have some extremely rich people and extremely poor people as you mentioned above. The picture above shocked me too. Seeing that makes me sad. I personally wish to live in a world where there are no social and economic classes like the Crakers, because this will make the people closer to each other and somewhat on the same level. Also, to me, not having social and economic classes will make the world a better place.


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