A Wizard Of Earthsea: The Change In Ged

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In the world of Earthsea, a select few are magical. Sparrowhawk was one of those lucky few. As a boy, he was loud, proud, and full of temper. In fact, his temper would break out at the slightest hint of insult. Although his competitive nature strove him to work hard, it eventually caused him to release the shadow, driving him to live a life in dread. However, it was this act of pride that would positively change him forever.Duny, nicknamed Sparrowhawk, grew up like a thriving weed- stubborn and wild. When he was seven years old and not yet knowing of the great powers of the world, he recklessly repeated a rhyme he had overheard his deceased mother's sister chant. Because he was able to use the spell without knowing what it was, his aunt realized the great power in him and began to teach him all the magic that she knew. At first, his pleasure was childish, only wanting to call animals, especially the sparrowhawk for which he was nicknamed. But, as he learned about the glory, riches, and great power that came into possession of only the greatest sorcerers, Duny began to become selfish and hungry for power.When he was the age of twelve, his town was attacked by barbarians. To protect his town, he caused a great fog, which successfully helped his small town defeat the conquistadors. However, Duny overspent his power and fell into a coma-like trance. When news of his doings traveled, a great wizard named Ogion the Silent came and healed him. He returned on Duny's thirteenth birthday, to reveal to him his true name- the name by which he could be controlled through magic and was, therefore, only known to a select few- Ged. This was his rite of passage into manhood, but he would not truly mature for years to come.On the day of his naming, he left home to begin his training with Ogion in Re Albi; "for to keep dark the mind of a mageborn, that is a dangerous thing." Unfortunately, Ged quickly grew impatient of Ogion's ways. He did not wish to learn "how to be silent"; he had a craving within him which yearned for glory and hungered to act. Ogion gave Ged a choice: to stay with him, whose path toward mastery seemed slow and long, or to go to Roke, a grand school for wizards where "the air was bright with enchantments." Ged decided to sail to Roke.At Roke, his pride was put to test. When he entered the school, he met Jasper, and that was the beginning of a vicious rivalry. Jasper was always testing him, but Ged bolstered up his pride to work hard at his studies. He vowed to one day outdo his rival in a test of power; he would prove himself and humiliate Jasper. That day came on the night of a grand festival. Ged challenged Jasper to a duel in sorcery, even though it was forbidden. Jasper was not convinced, believing that Ged was only bragging, so he challenged Ged to summon a spirit of the dead. Ged, who had read this spell once in Re Albi, walked to the top of Roke Knoll-said to be the place where all spells were strongest-chanted the spell. But, along with...

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