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The personal is political Ursula Le Guins novel The Dispossessed is an excellent example of this notion and how it is effective in both demonstrating and understanding political theory on a personal level The author describes minute often mundane details of the main character Shevek and his life on both Anarres and Urras This allows the reader to connect more easily with this foreign world and its inhabitants in addition to challenging us to think about the political and economic systems as well as the issues of sexual liberation and equal rights for women Instead of thinking only in terms of concrete statistics and abstract philosophical concepts we are able to observe the real-world impact of these systems which makes coming to neat and uncomplicated conclusions about these systems much more difficult Obviously Urras is unjust and focused on petty consumerism but Anarres is a harsh and brutal terrain as well Le Guin accomplishes her goal of guiding the reader to come to terms with these difficult observations by focusing on the personal details of the main characters while also causing us to grapple with a broader understanding of these political philosophies and how we may understand them in our own world today By focusing on the specific details of her main characters Le Guin allows the reader to more easily relate to the issues addressed in the novel Carol Hanish discusses this in her essay The Personal Is Political arguing that the shared personal experiences of feminist women in the 1960s was essential to the movement for several important reasons Her observations on the crucial link between the personal and political can be applied to many issues beyond feminism including those of class and economic structures and of sexuality Hanish writes I am getting a gut understanding of everything as opposed to the esoteric intellectual understandings and noblesse oblige feelings I had in other peoples struggles Hanish 1969 This allows the reader to move
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