The Left Hand of Darkness

The Left Hand of Darkness

by

Ursula K. Le Guin

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The interplanetary name for what humans call planet Earth. Ai’s home planet.
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Terra Term Timeline in The Left Hand of Darkness

The timeline below shows where the term Terra appears in The Left Hand of Darkness. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 5
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Ai rides the landboat for four days. He reflects that while people on Terra feel they need to get ahead, Gethenians are happy to live in the moment. However,... (full context)
Chapter 8
Sex, Gender, and Behavior Theme Icon
Otherness and Connectedness Theme Icon
...Age, but have had no true Industrial Revolution. Gethen has developed much more slowly than Terra, but in its steady development it has avoided environmental or societal disaster. Ai suspects that... (full context)
Duty and Loyalty Theme Icon
Otherness and Connectedness Theme Icon
...as to the meeting’s purpose, talking instead with Obsle about life on his home planet, Terra, and the wider universe. (full context)
Chapter 10
Otherness and Connectedness Theme Icon
Light and Dark, Religion and Spirituality  Theme Icon
...expertise. Only Estraven, Ai reflects, asked him enough questions to form a clear picture of Terra or Ekumenical society. (full context)
Chapter 16
Sex, Gender, and Behavior Theme Icon
Otherness and Connectedness Theme Icon
...because of innate or learned differences. Estraven senses “equality is not the general rule” in Terran society. Ai reveals he has begun to forget what women are like after two years... (full context)