What is the metaphor contained in the title of The Left Hand of Darkness?

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The title comes from one of the mythical tales enriching the book; the complete sentence is: “Light is the left hand of darkness, darkness is the right hand of light.” Light and darkness are obviously two contrasting elements which are seen here as interrelated; the juxtaposition of seemingly different images or ideas is clearly one of the themes of the novel and, especially, of the myths. We are reminded of Blake’s Marriage...

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