In the novel Oryx and Crake, what are the importance of fridge magnets?

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The fridge magnets in Oryx and Crake show the change in Crake between school and the end of the novel.

When Jimmy examines Crake's magnets, he sees that they've changed since school. However, noticing that doesn't make a strong impression on him at the time. Instead, he only thinks about the change toward the end of the novel after he survives the disease Crake released that kills most everyone.

When Jimmy notices the fridge magnets have changed, Margaret Atwood writes:

Crake still had a collection of fridge magnets but they were different ones. No more science quips.

He says that you can tell a lot about people from their fridge magnets but he doesn't realize that Crake is descending into nihilism and planning to kill almost every other human on Earth. The magnets that used to be funny are now darker and more despairing. Crake himself has a dark, evil plan. Jimmy might have noticed the change in his friend earlier if he'd successfully decoded the change in the magnets.

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“You could tell a lot about a person from their fridge magnets, not that he’d thought much about them at the time," says Jimmy towards the end of the novel as he comments on the fridge magnets that Crake ironically chose and enjoyed. We are presented with a world which has been devastated by a killer virus, and language, in all of its senses has been spliced just like the Crakers. Jimmy desperately and perhaps vainly tries to cling on to words that are now redundant. Snowman is a classic example. Jimmy says to himself "Hang on to the words" as if there is some form of liberation in remembering words that possibly no one else on earth has ever come across. Crake's fridge magnets, however, undercut this view by presenting us with the way that scientific advances have affected and impacted even the purity of language. Note the irony in "Little spoat/gider, who made thee?" The deilberate misquote from Blake is updated to include the rampant splicing and mixing of genes. In spite of Jimmy's best efforts, not even Blake is sacred.

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