The Dispossessed

Ketho Character Analysis

A Hainish commander on the Davenant, the ship returning Shevek to Anarres at the end of the novel. Ketho expresses to Shevek his desire to return to Anarres with him and to live among the Odonians, learning about their world and culture. Shevek agrees to take Ketho down alongside him.

Ketho Quotes in The Dispossessed

The The Dispossessed quotes below are all either spoken by Ketho or refer to Ketho. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Harper Collins edition of The Dispossessed published in 1974.
Chapter 13 Quotes

“Things are…a little broken loose, on Anarres. That’s what my friends on the radio have been telling me. It was our purpose all along to shake things up, to break some habits, to make people ask question. To behave like anarchists! All this has been going on while I was gone. So, you see, nobody is quite sure what happens next. And if you land with me, even more gets broken loose…Once you are there, once you walk through the wall with me, then as I see it you are one of us. We are responsible to you and you to us; you become an Anarresti, with the same options as all the others. But they are not safe options. Freedom is never very safe.”

Related Characters: Shevek (speaker), Ketho
Related Symbols: The Wall
Page Number: 384
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Ketho Character Timeline in The Dispossessed

The timeline below shows where the character Ketho appears in The Dispossessed. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 13
Humility and Moderation vs. Ego and Excess Theme Icon
Individualism and Isolation vs. Collectivism and Solidarity Theme Icon
...answering their questions in Pravic. After his radio conversation, Shevek tells the Hainish first mate, Ketho, that the Anarresti will contact him tomorrow to arrange entry. Ketho notes that it seems,... (full context)
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The People vs. the State Theme Icon
Ketho asks Shevek if he fears being attacked upon returning, and Shevek concedes that he accepts... (full context)
Freedom Theme Icon
Humility and Moderation vs. Ego and Excess Theme Icon
Individualism and Isolation vs. Collectivism and Solidarity Theme Icon
Shevek asks Ketho if he wants to land with him rather than just alongside him, and Ketho says... (full context)
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The Failure of Utopian Ideals Theme Icon
Individualism and Isolation vs. Collectivism and Solidarity Theme Icon
The People vs. the State Theme Icon
Ketho replies that he is curious about Anarres after reading Odo’s works. After confirming that visiting... (full context)
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The Failure of Utopian Ideals Theme Icon
Humility and Moderation vs. Ego and Excess Theme Icon
Individualism and Isolation vs. Collectivism and Solidarity Theme Icon
Though Ketho knows he might feel alone on Anarres, he insists that his race is very old,... (full context)
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Individualism and Isolation vs. Collectivism and Solidarity Theme Icon
The commander of the ship walks in with Ketho, and the two announce that they have obtained the entry pattern from the Anarresti ground... (full context)