Ursula Le Guin’s Writing Styles

Based on Chapter 1 of A Wizard Of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin, we can conclude that her writing style is very unique. She focuses a lot on literary tools, such as foreshadowing, personification, and parallelism, such as when she wrote “Then his aunt was a little afraid of his strength, for this was as strong a spell as she knew how to weave […]” (5). This is foreshadowing on how Duny grows up to become a very powerful sorcerer. Ursula also uses a lot of long, compound-complex sentences in her writing, which can create some beautiful, imagery filled expanded moments. She is very good at knowing when longer sentences will be especially beneficial, like in the scene where Duny gets his true name. Ursula wrote “as he entered the water, clouds crossed the sun’s face and great shadows slid and mingled over the water of the pool about him.” (16) Lastly, Ursula has a way of advancing the storyline while still allowing it to flow smoothly. There are few parts in the first chapter that feel forced or choppy, even though Duny receives three different names, a war occurs, five years pass, and the story advances drastically. The writing is not insanely difficult to follow, and there is clearly a methodically organized structure to the writing itself. The paragraphs never go too far off topic, and none of them distract you from the plot. Each word was written for a reason, and adds to the overall understanding of the chapter. To sum it all up, Ursula’s writing is unique in the fact that she uses many long sentences but still manages to convey the sense of intensity and intrigue that any good book should. I am looking forward to reading more!

Earthsea Anticipation

To get smarter, it is best to try to learn as much as possible as quickly as possible.

I disagree with this statement. If you want to gain knowledge, sure, you could cram your brain full of as much information as it can handle. But I personally believe that the best way to learn information and actually retain it for a long period of time, is by working on it slowly instead of trying to win a race against yourself. Have you ever tried cramming for a big exam the week before? You might think you’ll remember the information better since it’s fresh in your mind, but in reality, you haven’t had enough practice working with the material to fully understand the concept. Who would do better on a test: someone who crammed for forty hours the week before, or someone who studied an hour a day for forty days? It’s the same amount of time spent studying, but the person who spread it out over a longer period of time would end up with the higher score. The reason for this is because the longer you are exposed to something, the better the chance you have of that thing sticking in your long term memory. It’s called long term for a reason! Long term exposure leads to long term memory, short term exposure leads to short term memory. I guess it all comes down to how long you want to retain the information. If you’re learning to get smarter, it is definitely better to slow down and go over the same material over and over and over again.

Interview

  1. Personal connections are crucial to the overall happiness of yourself and everyone around you.
  2. Living in the moment and not worrying about what you could have done differently will make a positive impact on your success.
  3. Believing in yourself and committing to becoming the person you know you can be will get you far in life.