The Path of Righteousness
Evil can exist in the hearts of even the most righteous. One has to control his evil by remaining on a path of truth and purpose. In Ursula Le Guin’s wildly acclaimed fantasy novel, A Wizard of Earthsea (1968), she depicts the battle between good and evil through Ged releasing the shadow beast, his escape from it, and his final will to try to defeat it. Le Guin shows the good and evil in every man’s nature and how one hero can overcome that evil by the goodness of his heart and his courage and dedication to return the world to balance.
Ursula Le Guin, a renowned science fiction and fantasy writer, was born on October 21, 1929, in Berkeley, California. Her mother, Theodora Kroeber, was also an author. Le Guin’s first novel, Raconnon’s World, was published in 1966. This novel is one of many set in her universe of the technological Hainish Cycle. It tells of the hero Rocannon, who encounters lords who live in castles and wield swords, and other races much like fairies and gnomes, in his travels on a backward planet. Ursula Le Guin has received many awards for her numerous works and her short stories have often appeared in college literature anthologies. She is seen as an icon of fantasy literature and was the Professional Guest of Honor at the World Science Fiction Convention in 1975 in Melbourne, Australia. Her Earthsea series has also earned numerous “awards for adolescent literature, including the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for A Wizard of Earthsea, a Newbery Honor Book Citation for The Tombs of Atuan, and the National Book Award for Children’s Literature for The Farthest Shore” (Heller). In her career Le Guin has been awarded five Hugo Awards, six Nebula awards, the Gandalf Grand Master award in 1979, and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Grand Master Award in 2003. She has also been awarded nineteen Locus Awards, which is more than any other author (Heller). Ursula Le Guin shows there is a prideful side to...
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