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The Dispossessed

In "The Dispossessed," the main character Shevek and his friends, including the brilliant fledgling philosopher, Bedap, form a bond through shared opinions and ideas. Bedap and Shevek have a...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2016 12:09 am UTC

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According to Saussure, a "sign" is made up of a "signifier" and a "signified," and the relationship between the sign and real thing signifying it is capricious; in other words, these relationships...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2016 11:36 pm UTC

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The Dispossessed

"The Dispossessed" serves as a testing chamber for many of Marx's and Engels' ideas. In fact, the society of Anarres is an example of many of Marx's ideals, such as communal living and...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2016 6:48 pm UTC

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In Ursula Le Guin's The Dispossessed, Urras is like Earth and is made up of different socio-political regions. For example, A Io is a nation which relies on the capitalist, free-market...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2016 6:46 pm UTC

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As a child, Shevek had been raised with the Odonian concepts of self-sacrifice, equality, and mutual reliance. It was in babyhood that Shevek first learned about self-denial: his mother, Rulag, had...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2016 3:20 pm UTC

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Binary oppositions are a part of structuralist thinking that identifies with the human tendency to think in "opposites." Saussure defined binary oppositions as "means by which the units of language...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2016 11:59 pm UTC

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The novel essentially addresses two types of collectivist societies: anarchistic and communistic. While a communist society is predicated on a dictatorship of the proletariat (working class), an...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2016 6:28 pm UTC

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Through these case studies, we learn that the health of the environment is directly proportional to the actions of individuals. Even though Urras and Anarres thrive on seemingly contradictory...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2016 4:04 pm UTC

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According to Freud's tripartite model, the psyche consists of three parts: the id, ego, and superego. The id operates under the pleasure principle; regardless of the consequences, the id wants to...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2016 4:14 pm UTC

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Unlike the Urrasti landscape, the Anarresti landscape is the antithesis of all that is fertile. Its barren topography admits for very little of the lushness that characterizes the Urrasti...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2016 6:25 pm UTC

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In Chapter 8, we learn that a terrible famine has fragmented many informal, social ties in Anarres. To save Anarres from human extinction, Divlab (a loosely-structured bureaucratic organization...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2016 3:36 pm UTC

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In Marxist theory, the economic base consists of the relationship between the producers and the laborers (essentially the employer-employee relationship). The superstructure, on the other hand,...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2016 3:19 pm UTC

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