She Unnames Them By Ursula Le Guin Analysis

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The treatment of Nature in “She Unnames Them – by Ursula K. Le Guin” In this short story, the author tells readers to disconnect temporarily from that world by leaving everything that has been given by society such as names and identities in order to return to nature and study it carefully. In this story Nature functions as a living character which help shape the identities and individualism of all other characters involved in the story. The author portraits Nature as bigger than anyone involved in the story. It is manifested in many ways, but this essay will explain two major ways including how nature controls everyone involved in the story, and the power hierarchies found within nature. Nature is in control of Adam, Eve, and the Animals. The author shows different seasons changes throughout the story, from spring to summer to winter. This shows how nature does not stop for anyone. The characters in the story cannot escape their connection to it. They were born out of the nature and will die in nature, which is becoming one with the nature. In the story, when yaks held a council to vote on either to keep their human given name or give it back, nature tries to control the outcome. Author writes, “A full consensus was…show more content…
She knows that God has given man a power to name animals while the woman was not given any power. From her act of unnaming the animals Eve reclaims this power and goes against God and Adam. She returns her own name to Adam. By doing so she rejects the notion that Adam should be the one in charge of everything. But, when she goes to return her name, Adam doesn’t take her seriously at all. He wasn’t paying attention to her and says, “Put it down over there, O.K.?” (1243). Adam feels he is superior. Adam’s reluctance to listen to Eve or take her seriously at all emphasizes the power of hierarchical relationship. He prefers being in control of everything around

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