The Dispossessed Themes & Motifs

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Anarchy

Shevek calls himself an anarchist because of his decision to go to Urras even though immigration between Urras and Anarres has been forbidden since the founding of Anarres. Shevek has always been a devoted Odonian, but he begins to question the actions of the PDC when he learns that a friend has been sent to a mental hospital because he dares to write music and plays that are different from what is acceptable. Later, when Shevek is forced to apart from his partner and his child because of his attempt to send an unauthorized manuscript to a scientist on Urras, this seems to underscore his belief that his government-less world is actually being controlled by the job posting methods.

Shevek’s world was begun because of an anarchist. A woman called Odo once was persecuted for her beliefs on Urras and her writings became the basis...

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