Question: What stood out the most about Le Guin’s overall writing style in Chapter 1 of the novel?
In Ursula Le Guin’s A Wizard of Earthsea what stands out the most to me in Chapter One is how she foreshadows a lot throughout the first chapter. There are lots of hints that are dropped, some obvious whereas others may be more vague, but they are still there. For example, when we are told at the beginning of the story that “some say the greatest, and surely the greatest voyager, was the man called Sparrowhawk, who in his day became both dragonlord and Archmage,” we know that this Sparrowhawk person must be a famous and well-known person (1). This quote directly lets us know we are going to go through tale of how Sparrowhawk became so great. Because of this, we now want to know how he became such a famous person and we become hooked to read on. Another example of foreshadowing is when Ogion visits Ten Alders village. The bronze-smith states that Ogion is no common folk, the latter of whom replies “nor will this boy be a common man” (15). This statement tells us that Duny will become someone great, and not just some common person. This also engages us into the story more because we want to know what exactly the mysterious newcomer means that Duny is no common man, and if he is so unique then what will he become? Foreshadowing is something in the first chapter that stands out to me the most, and I believe Ursula Le Guin did a great job maintaining our interest while giving us subtle hints about what will happen in the future.