Essay Analysis Of Ursula K. Le Guin 's A Woman 's Liberation

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Superficially, science fiction entertains the reader by recreating an imagined world separate from our own. However, science fiction includes these alternative realities to gain deeper insights into human nature. Humankind’s response to “cognitive estrangement” in the form of change and the “Other” reflect our society’s norms and values. Science fiction explores contrasting views of common preconceptions towards social constructs, such as gender, freedom, and race. By exposing readers to alternative worlds, science fiction allows one to reevaluate one’s perspective of familiar assumptions. Within Ursula K. Le Guin’s “A Woman’s Liberation, The Lathe of Heaven, and “Coming of Age in Karhide,” the alterations of gender, freedom, and race challenge the reader to become more open-minded towards ideas different from our own. Within “A Woman’s Libertion,” Le Guin reverses the role of the two races, where darker complexion people enslave the lighter skinned people. This reversal creates a dramatic contrast to the reader’s preconceptions of skin color. In addition, Rakham becomes enslaved by her own race after being freed from the Owners. Even though she’s proclaimed to be free, Rakham becomes forced to return to working in the fields. Another example of cognitive estrangement proves to be when Rakham gains the ability to publish her story and serves as her own personal liberty, which differs from most people’s connotations of the word “liberty”.
The reversal of skin color…

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