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Ursula K. Le Guin

The Dispossessed

Fiction | Novel | Adult | Published in 1974

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Essay Topics


What commentary does the text make on gender difference? On sexuality? How are the two intertwined? Compare Shevek’s Odinian perspective with the perspectives of Urrasti characters. 


How do Urrasti views of superiority and inferiority shape their view of race? Of the differences between animals and persons? Shevek is shocked by many of these views. Choose one scene of his reaction to an Urrasti conceptand discuss the text’s critique of life on Urras. 


Anarres is not by any means a utopia: it is bereft of resources, and according to some characters, is governed by stifling public opinion. Is there a critique of socialism and anarchism in this text? How complicit are the Urrasti in the poverty on Anarres, and how do Anarresti themselves perpetuate it?