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!

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