This study guide will help you analyze the text “The Rule of Names” by Ursula K. Le Guin. We will show you examples of elements in the text that will be relevant for your analysis. In these notes, we will focus on the summary, structure, characters, setting, narrator and point of view, language, themes and message of the story, and help you put it in perspective.
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Title: “The Rule of Names”
Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
Published in: Fantastic (magazine)
Date of Publication: 1964
Genre: Fantasy short story
Ursula K. Le Guin (b. 1929) is an American writer of fantasy and science fiction. She writes short stories, novels, and children’s books. Le Guin is best known for the Earthsea fantasy series, collections of stories set in the magical realm of Earthsea. The first stories in which she began to develop the world of Earthsea are “The Rule of Names” and “The Word of Unbinding”.
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