Essay on The Left Hand Of Darkness By Ursula K. Le Guin

1373 Words Dec 3rd, 2015 6 Pages
For my final paper, I choose to read the novel “The Left Hand of Darkness” written by Ursula K. Le Guin. This story touches on many key topics including the importance of communication, trust, acceptance, gender, and love in a society. It always deals a lot with politics and what it means to be a traitor. All of these topics are combined to show the intent of the story, which is the importance of unity. The main character, Ai, goes to a foreign plant and tried to get the people of the planet to join other plants in an alliance, and to do so he must overcome all of these obstacles in order to accomplish his task and unite the universe. The narrator clarifies within the first page of the book that all of the stories he is about to tell aren’t necessarily all his, but that everything is one story. The title of the book may seem confusing, but it is explained in a quote Estraven says to Ai while their making their journey across the frozen wasteland. “Light is the left hand of darkness and darkness the right hand of light. Two are one, life and death, lying together like lovers in kemmer, like hands joined together, like the end and the way” (pg. 168). This poem is talking about unity. Light and dark holding hands signifies the unity of two complete opposites, just as Ai needs for the two kingdoms of Winter to join together and agree to join the alliance and complete his mission. The title of the book is what it is to call attention to this particular part in the novel and…

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