The Left Hand of Darkness

The Left Hand of Darkness


Ursula K. Le Guin

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The Left Hand of Darkness Symbols


A keystone is the central stone in an archway. It provides strength and form to the rest of the structure. In the beginning of the novel, the placing of the keystone (that is, the completion…

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In Gethen there are two primary religions: Yomeshta, which worships the light, and Handdara, which worships balance and darkness. Although both are discussed in the novel, Genly Ai is drawn to Handdara, and…

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