The Emersonian Choice: Connections Between Dragons and Humans in Le Guin's Earthsea Cycle (Ursula K. Le Guin) (Critical Essay) By Extrapolation

The Emersonian Choice: Connections Between Dragons and Humans in Le Guin's Earthsea Cycle (Ursula K. Le Guin) (Critical Essay)

By Extrapolation

  • Release Date: 2006-12-22
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

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In a recent Locus interview, Ursula K. Le Guin says that she wrote Tales from Earthsea and The Other Wind because Life and death--more of Le Guin's famous dualities? But what of wildness? These creatures are initially presented in A Wizard of Earthsea as beings with language and thought, beings whose native tongue is Old or True Speech, the Language of Making, the speech wizards use in their Art-Magic. Yet, they are great beasts, whose fire ravages and destroys. In Tehanu we learn that dragons and humans were once "one people, one race, winged, and speaking the True Language ... But in time nothing can be without becoming" (11). Change is the one constant. Some of the dragon-people stayed in the west choosing wildness, flight, and freedom while others sailed east, choosing knowledge and treasure, building, learning, making, and shaping.