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42 pages 1 hour read

Ursula K. Le Guin

The Left Hand of Darkness

Fiction | Novel | Adult | Published in 1969

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Essay Topics

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How does the nature of Gethen’s climate affect Genly’s mission? How does it shape the attitudes and limitations of the Gethen themselves?

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What attitudes and norms does Genly admire about the Gethen from the beginning of the book, and which alienate him? How does he connect these prejudices to gender?

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What does King Argaven say is the key to running a country? In what way is this like the politics of LeGuin’s world, particularly of America in the 1960s? Support your answer with historical research and evidence from the text.

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