Contrasting a theme in the lefthand of darkness, dune and 1984

The journey (portrayed in all 3 novels) is one of literature’s most prominent archetypal symbols, telling of man’s journey through life. The journey, which is usually difficult and risky, is a learning experience, through which the hero-traveler searches for an answer to the meaning of life and his own place in the world. By the end of the journey, the traveler gains maturity and self-awareness. One of the most famous journeys of antiquity, and one that has become a symbol for many others, is in Homer’s The Odyssey in which Odysseus, triumphant after his conquest of Troy, travels for ten painful and arduous years to reach home, a metaphor for his soul and his anima.

Truth cannot change because it does not reflect a personal perspective. Both “1984” and “The Left Hand of Darkness” illustrate how humans relate towards themselves, friends, families and humanity as a whole. “Being in a minority, even a minority of one did not make you mad. There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to truth even against the whole world, you were not mad” (Pg. 173, 1984). It allowed Winston to fight against the Party. In “The Left Hand of Darkness” Ai knew that eventually the people of Gethen would accept the truth, but it would only take time. “One voice speaking the truth is greater force than fleets and armies, given time” (Pg. 27, The Left Hand of Darkness).

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Truth cannot be changed by man but can only be distorted. “The shortcomings are in the messenger, not the message” (Pg.106, The Left Hand of Darkness). “Everything faded into mist. The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became the truth” (Pg.64, 1984).

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