Study Guide

The Color of Magic Power

By Terry Pratchett

Power

In The Color of Magic, the Discworld comes with various kinds of power to tinker with. You can go the barbarian route and be a powerhouse of brawn but lack a bit in the brains. You can be a wizard and spend years learning a super powerful spell, making you the bell of the power ball until you use it and then immediately lose it. You can always be old fashioned and derive your power from wealth, or you can try the Rincewind route and live a life completely devoid of any kind of power, save for an extraordinary amount of luck. Though luck does have a tendency to run out in time…

Questions About Power

  1. List the different types of power you see in the novel. Which one did you think holds the most sway and why?
  2. Who do you think is the most powerful character in the novel? Don't forget to consider the various types of power and explain you're answer.
  3. Who do you think is the least powerful character in the novel and why?
  4. Does the seemingly powerless Rincewind actually hold a power of his own? If yes, what is it and how do you know? If not, explain why you don't think so.

Chew on This

Even the gods of the Discworld are powerless when compared to the Old High Ones, leading one to wonder what beings are more powerful than them, and what beings are more powerful than even them, and…

The various powers of the Discworld are carefully balanced to counter each other, like an intricate game of rock, paper, scissors, lizard, Spock.