Self-Deprecating

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In chapter 10 of Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake I am most struck by the negative portrayal she offers of Jimmy's endeavors as a writer, as a wordsmith. His love of writing and words are portrayed as perverse, both in the way he manipulates people to buy products and particularly in his unique denigrations of others at his place of employment. I wonder how Atwood sees her relationship to language and writing. Is Jimmy's distasteful use of language a result of capitalism and sexism respectively? Or, is there an inherent malady within language itself?