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Ursula K. Le Guin

A Wizard of Earthsea

Fiction | Novel | YA | Published in 1968

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Essay Topics


Every major character in the novel is male, and academic wizardry seems to be the realm of men. Discuss and explore the implications of how gender is treated in A Wizard of Earthsea.


Most of the characters in A Wizard of Earthsea are dark-skinned. Discuss the impact of this, especially in the context of a novel first published in 1968.


The ocean and the weather play a huge role in the lives of the people who live in Earthsea. Discuss the symbolism of the ocean, the weather, and other natural forces at various points in the novel.