The Dispossessed


Ursula K. Le Guin

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Beshun Character Analysis

A woman with whom Shevek, while posted to a job at an afforestation project in the desert region at eighteen years old, has a brief but intense sexual relationship. Beshun helps Shevek to see that two people can never really possess each other, even if the intensity of their feelings for one another lead them to believe that they can (a fittingly Anarresti notion).
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Beshun Character Timeline in The Dispossessed

The timeline below shows where the character Beshun appears in The Dispossessed. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
Individualism and Isolation vs. Collectivism and Solidarity Theme Icon
Shevek embarks on a sexual relationship with a woman named Beshun. Eventually, Shevek’s rotation on the afforestation project comes to a close, and Shevek becomes emotional... (full context)
Freedom Theme Icon
Humility and Moderation vs. Ego and Excess Theme Icon
Individualism and Isolation vs. Collectivism and Solidarity Theme Icon
...through the lens of owning or being owned. Shevek, who has recently broken up with Beshun, reflects on the lack of “proprietary idioms for the sexual act” in the Pravic language.... (full context)