The rule of names

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Write a short essay (500-600 words) in which you analyse and interpret the extract from Ursula K Le Guin‘s novel The Rule of Names. You must write a 'tragtindledning' and your essay must include a characterization of Mr Underhill and/or Blackbeard. The Rule of Names

Sometimes you get a wrong impression of someone. Especially if it’s someone you don’t know very well. People aren’t always what they seem to be, and suddenly you find out, that people you thought were gently and nice, actually are something totally different. The rule of names is a story that shows the reader how one person can change. The person might have been the changed person all the time; you just didn’t knew that side of him/her.

Mr.Underhill is pictured as an isolated man, who needs a lot of privacy, with a wide, little bit scary, smile. He lives under a hill protected by his spells1 , and seldom wanders around in the village. He is scared of meeting new people; therefore he stays under his hill all the time while Blackbeard is on the Island until the confrontation and their fight. He never have visits in his hill, actually nobody never went further into his house than his anteroom2 . It could be because he wants to hide that he is a dragon, so it must look and smell a bit strange in the hill. He avoids getting people inside his hill by going out to first greet them and then eat with them under a tree instead of having them inside3. It’s hard to see that Mr.Underhill actually is not a wizard but instead a dragon. He is a bit queer because of his phobia for having people inside the hill, his fear of meeting new people and the fact that he is looking a bit funny. But you can defend his eccentricity with that fact that he is a wizard and special on the island. Most of the population probably has not seen a lot of wizards if any. “The Rule of names” is about how Mr.Underhill is being accepted on Sattin Island, despite that he just seems to be a wizard by default. But still most of the...
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