Without Consequences In Ursula Le Guin's A Wizard Of Earthsea

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In Ursula Le Guin’s novel, A Wizard of Earthsea, the major theme is that no action is without consequence. This theme is demonstrated many times throughout the novel such as when Ged unwisely lets loose a shadow, when he makes the decision to hide from it, and when he realizes that his true mistake was not correcting his bad qualities when he had the chance. As a first consideration, Ged illustrates that no action is without consequence when he impetuously lets loose a shadow. This action occurs due to Ged’s arrogance, his pride, and his desire to prove himself. When Jasper, his rival, taunts him by suggesting that he is weak and inexperienced, Ged rashly conjures a spirit from the dead who brings with her a “shapeless clot of darkness”, the latter who attacks him and does him harm. After this, a chain of consequences take place. Firstly, Ged falls sick, and falls far behind the other students. Also, in staying in bed for so long, he allows the shadow he has unleashed to…show more content…
When he was only a boy, he was arrogant, proud, impatient, and full of spite, but still boasted greatly about his amazing magical talents. When Ged first gained these bad personality traits, the action began. It continued when Ogion tried to correct him and Ged pushed him away. When he encounters the shadow at the end of the novel, he realizes that it was his bad qualities; fused together to make a hateful creature meant to haunt him, and to teach him to correct his faults. In doing so, he lost some time from his youth due to spending numerous years chasing and hiding from the shadow. This was a high price that Ged had to pay, but after he learns to accept that his shadow is part of him, he recovers his liberty. As Ged exclaims, “I am free!” Ged had to pay a high price for his mistake, therefore every action has a
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