The Looking Glass : New Perspectives on Children's Literature, Vol 10, No 3 (2006)

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Magic, Trust, and Choice in the Escape from Atuan

Graham St. John Scott

Abstract


Graham Stott explores agency in Ursula K. Le Guin's Tombs of Atuan as something requiring not simply self-confidence, but collaboration and trust as well. He sees Le Guin's decision to shift her narrative away from the magic of the Archipelago and Roke Island as a way of forcing Tenar, her young woman protagonist, to make her own choices, to find subjectivity on her own terms and her own ground.
Both those new to and familiar with the world of Earthsea will relish Stott's argument that trust and choice, but not magic, are essential to Tenar's growth into knowledge of herself.

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The Looking Glass: new perspectives on children's literature

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