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A Wizard of Earthsea

A Wizard of Earthsea


by Ursula K. Le Guin

Analysis: What's Up With the Title?

What's Up With The Title?

Here's a fantasy book that tells you exactly what it's going to be about: you see, there's this wizard and he lives on Earthsea. The title may (or may not) be clear, but we can still break it down, word-by-word.

First, although Ged will become a super important wizard in the future, right now he's simply one of many – he's not The wizard, he's just A wizard.

Second, this novel tells about Ged and how he becomes a wizard.

Third, in some ways, this novel is about how Ged learns that he's part of the world (and the natural order). In that way, he's not just a wizard on Earthsea: he's a wizard Of Earthsea. He belongs to the world.

And fourth, Earthsea is where this story takes place and where Ged is a wizard. (Now, why is it called Earthsea? We're not sure, but how about this: because it's made up of earth – mostly islands – and lots of sea. And because "Sea-earth" sounds weird.)

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