T10: A Wizard of Earthsea Style Analysis

BLOG POST — Due Monday, November 26th.

Based on Chapter 1, write a paragraph describing Ursula Le Guin’s writing style. Include three main points and make sure to provide evidence for each of these assertions. Please craft a thesis statement based on one of the questions below:

  • What stood out the most about Le Guin’s overall writing style in Chapter 1 of the novel?
  • How does Le Guin’s use of literary tools help or hinder the establishment of characters, conflicts, or setting in Chapter 1 of the novel?.
  • Overall, how would you describe Le Guin’s style so far? Make an argument and use specific textual evidence to prove your point.

Earthsea Anticipation

To get smarter, it is best to try to learn as much as possible as quickly as possible.

I disagree with this statement. If you want to gain knowledge, sure, you could cram your brain full of as much information as it can handle. But I personally believe that the best way to learn information and actually retain it for a long period of time, is by working on it slowly instead of trying to win a race against yourself. Have you ever tried cramming for a big exam the week before? You might think you’ll remember the information better since it’s fresh in your mind, but in reality, you haven’t had enough practice working with the material to fully understand the concept. Who would do better on a test: someone who crammed for forty hours the week before, or someone who studied an hour a day for forty days? It’s the same amount of time spent studying, but the person who spread it out over a longer period of time would end up with the higher score. The reason for this is because the longer you are exposed to something, the better the chance you have of that thing sticking in your long term memory. It’s called long term for a reason! Long term exposure leads to long term memory, short term exposure leads to short term memory. I guess it all comes down to how long you want to retain the information. If you’re learning to get smarter, it is definitely better to slow down and go over the same material over and over and over again.

CLE interview thesis statements

If we allow our passions to drive our decisions, we will often find the results more rewarding.

What people want often changes with time and experiences.

Some skills are universal in their importance to being an effective employee.

Anticipation Guide

“People are their own worst enemies”

I disagree with this statement. Rather, they can be their own worst enemy if the circumstances they’re under causes it. I’ve always believed that no matter what happens to me, the way I feel about a situation is all depending on my perception. My perception is most greatly influenced by the state of self-esteem I have at the moment. With a high self-esteem, I tend to take constructive feedback and develop myself whilst when my esteem is down the drain, I only think of destructive thoughts and break my mentality. There are people in my life that build my self-esteem whilst there are some people that knock it down. True enemies, in my opinion, are the people that deliberately hurt your sense of self-worth to make you your own enemy.

360 Degree Leader Blog Post

For the first lesson, I chose the principles be willing to do what others won’t and be better tomorrow than you are today. I chose be willing to do what others won’t because I sometimes avoid certain tasks, believing that i’m not capable of completing them, and they are out of my comfort zone. By being willing to do tasks that others won’t I will grow more as a leader and become more reliable. I chose be better tomorrow than you are today because this is essentially my main goal in life. I strive to improve every day, and ironically, I could improve on improving every day. Being willing to what others won’t relates to talons because during our leadership projects, cultural events, and adventure trips, we are often faced with difficult tasks, but for these events to succeed someone has to step up and do what others won’t. being better than you are today related to talons because a huge part of the talons program is trying to improve yourself as a leader and a person.

 

For the second lesson, I chose the leadership principles let the best idea win and be a friend. I chose let the best idea win because sometimes I place my idea ahead of others simply because it is my idea. This clouds my judgement, and I see only one right idea, even if it isn’t or if there is a better idea. I chose be a friend because I think that I could improve on being more open with others and showing sympathy and empathy for them. Being a friend relates to talons because we are a  close group, and since we are so close, it is important that we are friendly with one another and help each other out. Let the best idea win relates to talons because we have a lot of group projects, and of course a lot of different ideas for those projects. we like to debate and argue our own ideas bu it is best for the group if we let the best idea, rather than our own win so we can grow more and be more successful

 

For the third and final lesson, I chose the principles model behaviour and see everyone as a 10. I chose model behaviour because I could improve a lot in this area. It is important to model the behaviour you want from others because if you don’t, others likely won’t take you and your ideals very seriously. I chose seeing everyone as a 10 because I don’t always treat others like they are a 10, so I could implement this principle into my leadership style to help boost the attitude and self esteem of those who i’m leading. Model behaviour relates to talons because when we are leading, we need to model good behaviour so that others will follow along, especially during adventure trips, leadership projects, and cultural events. Seeing everyone as a 10 relates to talons because we are all working together to succeed and in order to succeed, we need to have a good attitude. seeing everyone as a 10 plays a big part in making sure everyone has a good attitude and high self esteem. Seeing everyone as a 10 also helps us see and treat each other as equals.

Anticipation guide

“People are their own worst enemies”

I strongly agree with this statement.

The way I see this statement, I completely agree with it, in all possible implications. Now the first thing that you would probably think of when you see this statement is something along the lines of “There will always be others out there that will hurt you! Wouldn’t they be more harmful then you are to yourself?”. To respond to this, I want to reference a quote, which I have been using kind of heavily recently, just because of how powerful it is, especially considering who said the quote. “Always remember, others may hate you, but those who hate you don’t win unless you hate them, and then you destroy yourself.” (Richard Nixon). This quote was said by the resigning president of the United States of America. Nixon said this as he was leaving the White House, as he realized that he had allowed himself to slowly tunnel vision on defending himself from the Democrats and the press, which in turn made him run the white house through hate, not passion or service. I feel like this quote fully encompasses the point I am trying to prove. It shows that before you (or Nixon in this example) hate those who hate or try to bring you down, you can still proceed through life with ease. As soon as you lose self-control and let others underneath your skin though, you slowly bring yourself down in a pitiful collapse.

How to be a 360° Leader

Lead yourself exceptionally well

As a frequent procrastinator, I know that having good management over oneself is the first step in making yourself a more effective leader overall. Once you regain charge over yourself and your actions, you’ll be able to better lead others. I want to be able to lead myself exceptionally well because I think it would aid me in the course of my life by making me more proactive, organized, and put-together. In Talons, you don’t always get put in a major leadership position where you’re responsible for a group or even any other people. When you’re given smaller but just as important roles, leading yourself ensures that you’re a well-oiled component of the machine that is your collective group.

Become a go-to player

Go-to players work hard under pressure and try to deliver even when circumstances aren’t in their favour. I want to become a go-to player because such a person would be invaluable to whatever team they’re a part of. As of now, I adapt to the mood of the group, meaning that when morale is low, I feel discouraged and idle. To be a go-to leader would mean working that much harder regardless of the situation to produce the best results for my group. In Talons, there are certainly moments when you have a lot on your plate and may feel low but being a go-to player would mean looking on the bright side and powering through, and I think that is an amazing asset for any Talons learner.

Put completing fellow leaders ahead of competing with them

As a person who’s accustomed to leading and being in charge, it can be difficult for me to hand the reigns over to someone else and allow them to make executive decisions I may not agree with. I can often become antagonistic or competitive, so I think this leadership rule could really benefit me. Working with fellow leaders instead of against them could lead to better overall results for all people involved. Talons is full of leaders who are used to being placed in charge. In such an environment, it’s important that we contribute to one another’s leadership to help make everyone the best leaders we can be.

Avoid office politics

A lot of unnecessary drama can occur in groups, and I’m guilty of getting caught up in these minor details rather than keeping the focus of the group in mind. I think staying focused and on task could really help keep me efficient and undistracted. In Talons, tangents and minor conflicts are frequent, and I think we all struggle a bit with staying on task. Avoiding “office politics” could help us all maximize productivity and minimize disruptions.

See everyone as a ”10”

When I’ve been in a fast-paced gifted program for most of my life, being in groups with mainstream students can be frustrating. Not only am I acclimated to people who think similarly to me, but it can be difficult for me to connect with people outside my social circle. In Talons, everyone supports one another. Respect is an essential part of any beneficial relationship, and viewing a fellow Talons learner as beneath you would make the various group activities we do difficult to manage.

Model the behaviour you desire

I consider myself a person who tries to positively impact those around me, but in stressful situations, I may not act as I wish I would. The composure a good leader should be able to uphold isn’t always achievable, but I hope to eventually become the kind of person that incites others to want to be a part of my group. In Talons, we’re constantly learning and adapting to one another. They say a team is only as good as its least adept member, which is why we should all constantly strive to be good models of behaviour.

Wizard of Earthsea Anticipation Guide

The statement that I have the strongest opinion on is the statement “A person or thing must have a name to truly exist”. I wholeheartedly agree with that statement for two main reasons: The first is quite literal, and that is that it is impossible to not have a name for an existing object; the second reason is that names can embody culture and heritage. Firstly, everything that exists has to have a name. Or, everything that we know to exist has a name. I consider names to be glorified labels, hence, everything we are aware of has one. While not all names will be proper nouns, they serve to describe an object, to label it for our convivence. It’s one of the fun nuances of language. As long as language exists, and relatively intelligent life exists that is capable of being aware of it’s surroundings, everything that the mediocre life form is capable of perceiving or observing, everything that they know to exist, has been labeled, giving it a name. Can you think of anything that you know to exist that does not have a name? The second reason I don’t think that things or people cannot exist without a name is because for people names can often hold a small slice of culture. In history, people attempting to erase history, to edit people out of existence, have often tried to take their culture by taking their name. From the Holocaust, where victims where assigned numbers, to Canadian Residential Schools, where Indigenous children’s’ names where stolen and replaced with Catholic names- In cases of cultural genocide, many oppressors understand the power, the history behind traditional names, and try to take this away. However, these despicable acts are rarely effective. While the actions of the oppressors can be traumatic, scaring, and even deadly, humanity is remarkably resilient. We pick ourselves up, and in many cases we reclaim our culture, we reclaim our history. We reclaim our names. Names are one of the few things on this earth that will remain, that will preserve. They are one of the few concepts are irrefutable, a thread between our past, present, and future, and without them, we truly would not exist.

360 Degree Leader

Lead yourself exceptionally well

I think that this is the most important leadership principle. Any person with any job, occupation or duty cannot perform let alone lead anyone if they cannot manage themselves. Being a leader to anyone can only be done when one can take care of their health physically and emotionally. Being able to control one’s desires and wants for the good of an organization is leading yourself. It’s totally fine to go around offering help to peers about the upcoming physics test, but it’s not a great idea to do so if you’re not done your own homework.
Lighten your leader’s load

Leaders in high positions have a lot of work to do. From managing and leading themselves to every other person in the organization that is below their rank. I think that the greater good of the organization as a whole comes from quality work in shorter amounts of time. By finishing my own eminent research and work, I can provide assistance to peers. By helping out peers I can raise the quality of their work and refine their projects in a shorter amount of time. If everyone in the class did this (like we did for speeches), we would be lessening the load on our teachers who have to look out for us in this whole project. This is for the greater whole as it will create a more successful night of the notables, benefitting talons as a whole. Building off of “Lead yourself”, if you can and have lead yourself well already, helping out with others’ loads lightens the load of the organization as a whole.
Be willing to do what others won’t

This is important because if there is an undesirable task that must be done, someone is going to have to complete the task. By stepping out and taking the initiative to do what others wouldn’t set the tone for other developing leaders around you. It can be as small as raising your hand in class to ask a question; that sets the tone and motivates other people to ask questions. I think one person stepping out to do something others won’t create a ripple-domino effect between leaders.
Invest in relational chemistry

Although the idea of “leader” gives off an authoritarian connotation, I think that the true leader makes other people want to follow them. A great way to do this is investing in relationships with your peers, allowing them to connect with you and you to connect with them. Leading after knowing the audience is easier than going in to lead without knowing anyone in the crowd. I personally would not want to follow a teacher who refused to make a relationship with me and only dictates my decision. Luckily in talons, it’s all about healthy relationships between experienced (teachers) and emerging (us) leaders.
Be prepared every time you take your leader’s time

This is really important. If I were to go to Ms Mulder to ask for help in science, I would have to prepare questions and topics I am unclear about. If I showed up without any context and notice without a textbook, I would be wasting Ms Mulder’s time, preventing her from doing other important tasks that will benefit Talons as a whole.
Be better tomorrow than you are today

This is a good principle to wrap this all up. Humans are learning animals; we make mistakes and remember them to prevent them from the future. Leaders are no exception; no matter how small or insignificant it may seem, if I was a little better than I was yesterday, I would be proud, and I would be a step further in becoming a better leader. Baby steps!

Light and Darkness

“Light and darkness are easy to identify in the world.”

I disagree with the statement ‘Light and darkness are easy to identify in the world’ because light and darkness are ever changing relative to each other. For example, lets say that the world is a dark room. After a while in that room, your eyes will adjust and you may think it is bright. But if there was a lamp in the room, the contrast will act as a point of reference and the rest of the room will seem darker than if there was no light. Additionally, there many ways people can interpret the definition of light and darkness. Identifying what is light and dark in the world is a simple task until you factor in more than one perspective. In conclusion, dark things in the world will only be as dark as we make of them.