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A Wizard of Earthsea

What causes the conflict between Ged and Jasper in chapter 4 of A Wizard of Earthsea?

I think you have to be careful to distinguish between the apparent "spark" that triggered off Ged's decision to prove himself to Jasper by raising the dead and then the underlying feelings of pride...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2010 5:28 pm UTC

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Who is the antagonist in A Wizard of Earthsea?

The true antagonist in A Wizard of Earthsea is the dark side of Ged's nature. One of the greatest themes of the book is the balance of power and the balance between good and evil. When Ged allows...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2018 4:47 pm UTC

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In "A Wizard of Earthsea," what is the significance of "naming" in and how are "rights of passage" important?

This novel is one that examines the life of a hero, and follows the form of the heroic myth as outlined by Joseph Campbell. Jed's path to maturity is also his path to accepting his role as a...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2011 8:28 am UTC

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Can you give me the five most important symbols and some meanings in A Wizard of Earthsea?

Remember that a symbol is something that stands literally for itself but also stands for something metaphorically or symbolicially. Thus, in our culture, a dove is a picture of a dove but has come...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2010 5:58 pm UTC

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How does Ged feel at the Court of the Terrenon in A Wizard of Earthsea? How does he feel about running from Gebbeth?

You need to look at Chapter 6 and 7 to answer this question. Re-reading this chapter reveals that the Court of the Terrenon is associated with darkness from the first time Ged hears the name from...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2010 5:13 pm UTC

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What are the most important ideas in The Wizard of Earthsea?

I think central to this excellent fantasy novel is the gradual transformation and process of maturity of Ged, who starts off in the novel as a wizard with tremendous ability, to being a mature...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2011 12:22 am UTC

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Which characters are bad influences on Ged in A Wizard of Earthsea?

I think the biggest "bad influence" on Ged in the whole novel is actually Jasper, the other mage-in-training at Roke. But you need to be careful with terming him as a bad influence, because it is...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2010 5:20 pm UTC

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How could I summarize chapter 3 of A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin?

This chapter, entitled "The School of Wizards", deals principally with Ged's arrival at Roke, his admittance into the school of wizardry, the beginning of his rivalry with Jasper and his friendship...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2010 5:39 pm UTC

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What is the preferred pronunciation of "Ged"? Is it G as in giant or G as in good?

Phonetically speaking it should be a soft 'g' as in giant. In English, when a 'g' is followed by 'e', 'i' or 'y' it has a soft sound. When followed by 'a', 'o' or 'u' it has a hard sound.

Latest answer posted December 10, 2008 7:05 am UTC

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In chapter 5 of A Wizard of Earthsea, what does the Pendor fisherman think Ged does not have?

Your question is not specific enough. Which fisherman in this chapter are you referring too? Also, there is nothing that any fisherman says to Ged that deals with a lack of something or someone....

Latest answer posted June 2, 2010 5:13 pm UTC

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In Ursula Le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea, what gifts do each of the main characters possess? What role do the gifts...

This is a loaded question but here it goes... Ged/Duny/Sparrowhawk (The Hero): Ged is "given" the power of magic by his mother. By that, I mean he was born with the gift. However, it's his aunt,...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2016 1:16 am UTC

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What possible future does Ged see before him that frightens him?

Ged has a series of visions of his shadow throughout A Wizard of Earthsea that frighten him. First, the shadow appears to him in Ogion's house when he reads of how to summon it from Ogion's rune...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2019 5:34 pm UTC

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In "A Wizard of Earthsea" in chapter three, why does the author use the unique writing device of having her...

Well, first, I have to disagree with part of your question: the writing device is not unique. For hundreds of years, riddles have been part of fantasy and fairy tale literature. This ranges from...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2008 8:22 am UTC

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Where do I find chapter summaries?

enotes has a variety of study tools that are available to you. If you utilize the tab Study Tools you should find just what you are looking for to help you with your lessons. After you click on...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2015 9:01 pm UTC

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