The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia

by Ursula K. Le Guin
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The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia

There are quite a number of conflicts in the novel; for example, the various revolutions, Shevek's feelings of guilt at attaining so privileged a position at the Institute, the dichotomous...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2015, 9:46 pm (UTC)

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The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia

Which planet seems better to you? Where would you want to live? This is up to the individual reader to decide. Through the eyes of Shevek, we are introduced to both planets, their struggles and...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2018, 6:18 pm (UTC)

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The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia

In stark contrast to Anarres, which was founded by a woman and promotes relative gender equality, Urrasti women are highly objectified and othered. Despite their limited social status, Urrasti...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2016, 2:54 am (UTC)

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The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia

This is a great question about a complex topic. Of the many approaches you could take, one worth considering is the connection between environment and political systems. One of Le Guin’s most...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2016, 3:19 pm (UTC)

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The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia

The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia by Ursula K. Le Guin is a widely admired work of speculative fiction originally published in 1974. It won several of the most prestigious awards in the field,...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2020, 9:55 pm (UTC)

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The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia

In "The Dispossessed," Atro and Shevek have an interesting conversation that illustrates the principles explained in "Saussure's Redefinition of a Word." The central argument in the reading is that...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2016, 9:52 pm (UTC)

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The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia

The government and ruling social class of Annares use the fear of the ideological other to reinforce the group think that is already inherent on Annares. Despite the fact that Urras and Anarres are...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2016, 10:05 pm (UTC)

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The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia

The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin (an anarchist herself) explores the practice of anarchism in contrast to other social frameworks as well as the idea of utopia. Naturally, social psychology...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2020, 2:25 am (UTC)

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The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia

A utopian society is usually envisioned as one which provides the greatest happiness for the greatest number of people, but each person’s idea of utopia will be different. Sir Thomas More, who...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2020, 12:31 am (UTC)

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The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia

The relationship between Takver and Shevek, while not expressly forbidden by the Annarean government, is highly controversial. While Le Guin explains that Odo originally set up a society with no...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2016, 4:33 am (UTC)

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The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia

The wall is used by Shevek as an image throughout. It is his goal to break down walls that separate humanity on the different planets. In some scenes, the wall is literal, meaning it actually...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2007, 11:52 am (UTC)

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The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia

In providing “an ambiguous utopia” as the subtitle to her novel The Dispossessed, Ursula K. Le Guin suggests that supposedly ideal societies are likely to have flaws. The colonizers of Annares...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2021, 9:27 pm (UTC)

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The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia

An Overview of Marxism in "The Dispossessed" Marxism receives a mostly favorable treatment in "The Dispossessed," by author Ursula Le Guin. The author is quoted as saying that the anarchism...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2016, 7:37 pm (UTC)

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