Ursula Le Guin's 'Nine Lives' as a Feminist Statement

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In the beginning of the 20th century, feminists movements started to arise, with the conviction of vindicate women in the social arrengement of that time, in order to get the same opportunities as men. Literature could not escape from this reality; as a result, women began to write about their situation. Ursula Le Guin´s “Nine Lives”, published in the 1960´s, was one of the first attempts in science fiction literature to adress the condition of women in the social arrengement. “Nine Lives” is set in Libra, a rocky planet which is far away from Earth,in the outer space, and in a distant future. Owen Pough and Alvaro Guillén Martín, the two main characters, are two astronauts in charge of exploring the planet searching for uranium. While…show more content…
For example: “Martin looked bewilderedly at the long-limbed girls, and they smiled at him, three at once.”. Also [Martin] “What if I proposition one of the girls?”. Throughout the text there are no references to the thoughts, emotions or feelings of the female characters, totally opposed to the male characters´s minds; the narrator has full access to their minds, indicating their thoughts, emotions, and feelings. E.g.: “Pugh was pleased. He had hoped Martin would want to go on working with him, but neither of them was used to talking much about their feelings, and he hesitated to ask.” By having portrayed the female charactes in a superficial way, with no access to their minds from the narrator, and the “distant” behaviour towards them from the male characters, Le Guin makes a clear allusion to the subordination of women in the society. According to O. Neira (1981. p.84) “La mayoría de los papeles asignados culturalmente a la mujer están concebidos de modo que contrasten con la superioridad del varón.” (1). Mrs. Ursula criticizes this male chauvinist society arrengement. Nonetheless, as with the previous point, Le Guin does not state her point directly, but, instead, she recreates in the text the characteristics in which women lived in 1960´s American

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