The Motif of Eyes in Leguin, Ghosh and Head

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Kelly Gutierrez
The Motif of Eyes in Leguin, Ghosh and Head

In Leguine's The Word for World is Forest, Ghosh's The Hungry Tide, and Head's Maru, the motif of eyes kept reoccurring. In The Word for World is Forest, eyes are linked to one's humanity or lack of humanity. It is almost as if the eyes speak for the individual. In The Hungry Tide, eyes observed and provided the characters with the ability to interpret the word and make meaning. In  Head's Maru, eyes are linked to character: "his eyes never smiled" (30).  What is so powerful about the eyes? Why are the eyes linked to one's humanity?