The Fifth Season

The Fifth Season


N. K. Jemisin

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The Obelisks

The obelisks in The Fifth Season represent the human tendency to ignore things that they do not understand, and also the way that those in power suppress information that might question the status quo.


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Stonelore, the passed-down wisdom about how to survive Fifth Seasons, symbolizes the limitations and mutability of human knowledge and history. In other words, it reflects the idea that history can be literally rewritten to…

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