Book Review The Left Hand of Darkness

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The Left Hand of Darkness
Ursula K. Le Guin, 1969
The novel describes one of the least discussed topic of the ancient generation, which is, sexual equality. He has given an example of a society where there would be no specific sexes like male and female. The emotional and social behaviors which are currently observed in the society would be shared by both the sexes and there would be no differences in their biological and emotional context.
I consider this work as a very good example of anarchist ideology because it contradicts the traditional thinking and approach of superiority of men over the women. There were many differences in the behaviors and condition of men and women in the society. This has been very well described by the author in his novel. He has provided the conception of an innovative ideology which would overcome these differences.
There has been huge conflicts in the society caused by the discrimination among the genders and overpowering of men over the women. However, through his work, Ursula K. Le Guin, has tried to establish harmony by developing a completely new society without any differentiation of genders. There would be extensive freedom available to everyone as the society would be free from the male and female stereotypes. This would help in using the human abilities and capabilities to its maximum through exploration of individualistic talent which would have overshadowed by the contradictory society existing during that time.
There would be equality in the attitudes and behaviours of the people and this would ensure that the potential of the people is used and the freedom of expression and action will be achieved through eliminating the differences based on sex.
However, the novel considers a completely fictitious proposition to the problem of gender discrimination. It does not provide any realistic solution to the existing problems of inequality and discrimination existing in the society.
References
Le Guin, Ursula K. The left hand of darkness. . Hachette UK, , 2012.

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March 10, 2018

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