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Unformatted text preview: progress. Since no fundamental competition exists, suggesting an improvement on an already successful aspect of life yields variants of the question Why would we do that? This societal hesitance, Genly finds, forms the primary reason behind Gethenian resistance to joining the Ekumen. Furthermore, it forms the Gethenian philosophy that idealizes ignorance and shies away from discovery. Although a subjective matter, most people would agree that a progressive society has more positive attributes than a content one. As such, Le Guin demonstrates the necessity of a fundamental gender dichotomy to fuel a progressive, ambitious society in its unending quest to improve upon itself....
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- Fall '04
- Ursula K. Le Guin, Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness, fundamental gender dichotomy