Who is the antagonist in A Wizard of Earthsea?

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The antagonist of this novel is actually the Shadow the Ged releases and then spends the rest of the novel trying to come to terms with. Of course, the shadow represents the dark side of himself, and Ged must learn how to handle this Shadow. What is interesting is in the course of these struggles the conflict is above all an internal one, although the Shadow is described as an external force. Ged is tempted in various ways to deny who he really is in order to resolve the conflict between his two sides. It is this conflict that results in Ged's gaining of maturity and presents us to the character who will dominate the rest of the Earthsea Chronicles.

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