Monday, September 5, 2011

Pulling things together_1

In this post I'm going to try to figure out what all my previous notes about shadow references in Ursula K. Le Guin's The Left Hand of Darkness mean.

:)

The posts covered are:

Darkness in intro
Darkness 
More on darkness!
LHoD -- Shadows!
LHoD -- darkness and shadows
LHoD, darkness 
Darkness...

First of all, I'm going to quote from the intro, because it's pretty important:

"Apollo, the god of light, of reason, of proportion, harmony, number -- Apollo blinds those who press too close in worship. Don't look straight at the sun. Go into a dark bar for a bit and have a beer with Dionysios, every now and then."

So we see that light, or lack of shadows is:

*Reason
*Proportion
*Harmony
*Number

So, dark must be:

*Unreason
*Discord
*Confusion
*Ignorance

Light should enlighten things, and darkness make things unclear. But we Le Guin tells us that there is such a thing as too much light...so, I guess we need a middle ground.

Now, moving on!

SPOILERS

Miscellaneous

*Shifgrethor is closely related to shadows (20, 247,

*Orgoreyn is portrayed as being a light filled place of reason and harmony and all that stuff, but it's actually so blinding that it may as well be pitch black dark (120, 146, 147, 167-8, 174)

*Genly is shown as bringing light (200)

*Volcanoes seem to balance the light and the dark (225, 226, 231,

*Sometimes letting in a little light creates more shadows than clarity (255)

*Unshadow -- when you have no shadows you can't see. Therefore, you have to have some uncertainty in life in order to keep going. (260-7)

*It seems significant that the journey across the ice ends when they see a light (271)

*Death is described as darkness (284)

*The coming of the Ekumen seems to bring balance between light and dark (295)

Therem

*Therem embodies darkness throughout some of the book at least, as we see in the many references to his dark figure (122, 131, 145, 200, 215,
***I'd like to note that I didn't see any references to Therem being dark until he got to Orgoreyn. Maybe Orgoreyn brings out the darkness in him?

*Therem seems to seek a middle ground between dark and light (150, 151, 200, 267, 274,

Handdara

*The Handdara seek, or anyways work with, the darkness (43, 55, 60, 68, 71, 159, 193, 196, 246, 250,
*They also work with the light, especially the weavers (57, 58, 66, 67,

The weaver (57, 58, 66, 67, 71,



Things to ponder

*Snow and footsteps in the snow -- which is light, which is shadow?? (57, 159-60, 225,

*Possible references to shifgrethor (26, 70, 75, 79, 81, 85, 124, 147, 150, 151, 273, 288,

*There's a suggestion that darkness might be connected to stress (153-4)

*Suggestion that fear and shadows might be related (267)

*Page 164
*Page 239
Pages 260-7 -- unshadow

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