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The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. Le Guin. Idea/reference map-in-progress of Amy Zucker Morgenstern, no restrictions on use; please honor Le Guin's copyright in quoting from her book. References are given as (Chapter #:Page #), using the Avon paperback edition. by Mind Map: The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. Le Guin. Idea/reference map-in-progress of Amy Zucker Morgenstern, no restrictions on use; please honor Le Guin's copyright in quoting from her book. References are given as (Chapter #:Page #), using the Avon paperback edition.
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The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. Le Guin. Idea/reference map-in-progress of Amy Zucker Morgenstern, no restrictions on use; please honor Le Guin's copyright in quoting from her book. References are given as (Chapter #:Page #), using the Avon paperback edition.

PRISON

Spaceship reminiscent of the prison they created as boys 1:6 Prison likened to “A moment without time, a place without earth” 1:7 Urras as prison 7:166 Anarres as prison: In an essay ("Science Fiction and Mrs. Brown"), UKLG says in an early incarnation, long before she wrote the novel, the proto-character Shevek lived in a prison camp. When she finally wrote the novel, “yes, in a way it was a prison camp, but what a difference!” Vea’s idea of freedom 7:177 “maybe it’s all jails here”—including university 9:236 “maybe all the prison walls will fly open” 9:238 “townspeople hiding behind ‘their’ walls” 8:206 His goal: to keep doors open 9:244 “you [Urrasti] are all in jail . . . you live in prison, die in prison” 7:184

WALLS

Quarantine 1:1; Protect from infection 2:35 Shut out ideas, keep us unaware of our own assumptions (walls around thoughts) 1:13-14 “No comfort…at the foot of the wall” 4:101 Shevek's dream on Urras, of Urras: approaching a barrier, afraid 5:123-4 "Come up against the wall" (S frightened when Bedap mentions it, as if B has seen into his dreams) 6:131, 133; “up against the wall” 8:208 The wall is “all I see in your [Urrastis'] faces” 7:184

FREEDOM/RESTRAINT

Is there any way to create a new (free) society without simultaneously locking oneself in?/locking out options? Anarres has both shut out the rest of the universe--declared itself free--and shut itself into prison (1:2).

Self-restraint, deliberately choosing, responsibility = freedom. "Are we kept here by force? What force--what laws, governments, police? None. Simply our own being, our nature as Odonians....And that responsibility is our freedom. To avoid it, would be to lose our freedom. Would you really like to live in a society where you have no responsibility and no freedom, no choice, only the false option of obedience to the law, or disobedience followed by punishment? Would you really want to go live in a prison?" (2:36)

MARRIAGE

40: sharing, not having

PACKAGING/WRAPPING

observation that everything’s wrapped, on Urras 7:160 “Was all Nio Esseia [Urrasti city] this? Huge shining boxes of stone and glass, immense, ornate, enormous packages, empty, empty” 7:169 when shopping 7:170-1 hidden on Urras, evident on Anarres (like Abbenay: its contrast with the shopping street in Nio) 7:177 “he felt that he had not touched anything, anyone, on Urras in all these months” 5:117 Shevek to be kept away from everything, wrapped up 11:275

SEQUENCY AND SIMULTANEITY (physics of time) and its various analogies

An ancient paradox, Buddhist and Taoist: being and becoming, stillness and action, statis and change

Zeno's paradox of motion 2:23

Ethics

Structure of the novel: two threads of time, interwoven: linear because each moves forward in time, circular because each links to the other repeatedly. Life as both action and stillness, moving forward and circling back.

Journey and return: inseparable

Can you act like an anarchist in a propertarian setting?

Shevek thinks so at first. "I make the Urrasti behave like Anarresti" because he brings nothing (1:11).

But later, the reverse: "Did the money buy the politeness, as well as the postcards and the map? how polite would the shopkeeper have been if he had come in as an Anarresti came in to a goods depository: to take what he wanted, notd to the registrar, and walk out? No use, no use thinking htis way. When in the Land of Property think like a propertarian. Dress like one, eat like one, act like one, be one." (7:168)

Conversation with Chifoilisk: S. trying to bargain with the propertarians; C. asserting that he's been bought. (5:109-12)

Conversation with Keng: "I thought it would be better not to hold apart behind a wall, but to be a society among the others, a world among the others, giving and taking. But there I was wrong--I was absolutely wrong . . . . Because there is nothing, nothing on Urras that we Anarresti need! . . . There is no way to act rightly, with a clear heart, on Urras. There is nothing you can do that profit does not enter into, and fear of loss, and the wish for power. you cannot say good morning without knowing which of you is 'superior' to the other, or trying to prove it. You cannot act like a brother to other people, you must manipulate them, or command them, or obey them, or trick them." (11:278)

Differences between Urras and Anarres. Which are connected to propertarian-statist/anarcho-communist difference, and which are incidental?

Faces: more beautiful on Anarres, anxious and imprisoned/imprisoning on Urras 7:167, 184

How little stuff they have on A. Shevek's luggage on moving to Abbenay=coat and boots. (4:82-83)

Less connection to relatives—is this a necessary or accidental difference?

Computer-generated names—same question

Meals: two per day on Anarres, three on Urras—is this b/c of famine? 7:171

Nothing locked on Anarres 9:243

Wrapping vs. nothing hidden

Role and status of women--inferior on Urras, equal on Anarres

Pockets: Urrasti have lots (3:54, 7:165)

Language: rare use of possessive on A.

even the words for mother and father are more general

Ioti: all those vowels; richness, confusion. Pravic is less

melodious and also easier for reader

Different metaphors for “better”: U. “higher,” A “more central” 1:12

No taboo on scatological language on A, yes on U 5 120

(ironic; A means something different by “excremental”)

Odo’s statue: editing her work (not in a heroic pose); on a bench where

anyone can sit beside her