Ursula Le Guin’s use of literary tools in A Wizard of Earthsea help establish the story by painting a picture of the world in the mind of the reader. The figurative language in A Wizard of Earthsea illustrates many ideas in little words. When Le Guin writes that Duny “grew wild, a thriving weed”, the reader can interpret many things about Duny (2). The metaphor shows that Duny grew fast but was also trouble that no one could contain. This is important information about the main character that would normally take a couple sentences to write. Le Guin also uses expanded moments to build tension. When Duny’s aunt is getting ready to cast a spell on Duny, Le Guin takes the time to describe the environment; she describes how the “aunt bound back her uncombed hair, and knotted the belt of her dress, and again sat cross-legged throwing handfuls of leaves into the firepit,” (5). This description draws the reader in and gives them a better idea of the setting and the actions of the characters. Ursula Le Guin also uses foreshadowing to keep the reader intrigued. Throughout the first chapter, Le Guin and her characters mention the power that Duny holds and his potential. On the first page, Le Guin mentions that the story will describe the origin of “the greatest voyager” (1). This makes the reader see Duny as a more powerful character, even in the moments where he is not showing off his power. The literary tools used in the first chapter of A Wizard of Earthsea describe the characters and environment in an effective and compelling way.