A Conversation for The Earthsea Stories of Ursula K Le Guin
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Agapanthus Started conversation Jun 24, 2004
Great entry, Well done!
Just one wee point - you say that nothing much happens in Tehanu. I would have said that it subtly introduces the theme, later explored in the Tales, of women and power, and why women do not become Wizards. There is a great deal of exploration of sexist attitudes both towards women of power and towards sexuality and its supposed effects on magical power. Therru the little girl is brutally 'punished' for the sexuality inflicted apon her, and yet [SPOILER ALERT] is the most powerful person in the tale. Tenar is despised by her own son for being a woman with her own life. The wicked Wizard's main 'problem' is his fear of and hatred of women. Ged is supposed to have lost his power by having sex, rather than the truth - he has no power and therefore is free at last to have sex. Le Guin is trying, I think, to show that adventures happen quietly in the head of women staying at home, as well as men out chasing monsters and casting spells, and that they are just as important for a world as the more 'active' sort.
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