The Left Hand Of Darkness By Ursula K. Le Guin Essays

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While creating the story The Left Hand Of Darkness the author Ursula K. Le Guin had to create a world completely different than the one we know, while maintaining certain characteristics known by the reader and Genly Ai in order to create a story we could understand, and partially relate to. To accomplish this Le Guin had to overcome gender roles in the society that we know. Not being for the planet Gethen the ambiguous nature of gender and sex roles create a barrier that becomes difficult for Genly Ai and the reader to comprehend.
“Gender roles are based on the different expectations that individuals have based on their sex and based on each society’s values and beliefs about gender.” (Blackstone 2003) In order to maintain androgynous characters in the novel as well as eliminating gender while maintaining a level of understanding by the reader Le Guin is forced to use words commonly know to the reader, or to have created new words that could’ve caused confusion to some readers. “The king was pregnant” (Le Guin, 100) Le Guin doesn’t actually mean the king when saying this, but used the word “king” in order to help describe the political position of this character. In todays society though there recently has been a slow changing of the mindset of some people, there are generally almost a set of guidelines set in place when you are born that are determined my which gender you are. Many people believe that Le Guin and made the setting of the novel to be on an androgynous…

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