Short Story #258: She Unnames Them by Ursula K. Le Guin
Title: She Unnames Them
Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
ReflectionLe Guin's point that names both provide us with identity but also cleave us in some definitive ways from one another is a fascinating one. It is of course something we see significantly when we use labels for groups based around gender, race, religion, etc. We become bound by those names and though we can connect with others, we often are in some ways hindered by our names and the others' names. However, it is clear that the lack of names isn't quite the solution either as our nameless protagonist finds herself challenged to explain herself with the loss of a name. Thus, civilization and language are both damning and useful.
Short Story #258 out of 365
Rating: 4 (out of 5 stars)
Date Read: 7/23/2014
Source: The short story can be found at this website.
For a full listing of all the short stories in this series, check out the category 365 Short Stories a year.
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