Why Fantasy is not just for Young Adults: The Wizard of Earthsea

When I picked up Ursula K. Le Guin's young adult novel The Wizard of Earthsea, I was intrigued immediately by the plot.  This first book in the Earthsea chronicle centers on a young and egotistical boy, Sparrowhawk, with wizardly powers of a mage, who learns that in order to unlock the secrets of the world, one must learn the true name of a thing. 

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Hazlitt’s Pleasure of Hating

Despite his stalwart call-to arms in support of hatred, he ends his essay sounding like a wounded child: "It is because pleasure asks a greater effort of the mind to support it than pain; and we turn, after a little idle dalliance, from what we love to what we hate!" I can almost feel Hazlitt sobbing into his cuffs.