The Left Hand of Darkness Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What is the nature of the relationship between Estraven and Tibe, and why?

Tibe and Estraven's relationship is acrimonious; they don't get along. The reason is because Tibe covets Estraven's position as Prime Minister.

2. What is the significance of the completion of the Arch of River Gate?

This project, which took five years, completed the New Road and the River Port of Ehrenrang and is predicted to be the most important project of King Argaven's reign.

3. What is the date of the parade?

The parade takes place in the 44th diurnal of the year 1491 in Ehrenrang.

4. What does Estraven do to make Genly angry with him? What is the significance, to Genly, of Estraven's behavior?

Estraven tells Genly that he can no longer act on his behalf with the King. This withdrawal of Estraven's support will make Genly's mission to negotiate an alliance between Gethen and the Ekumen of Known Worlds more difficult.

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