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  • Titill er á ensku Man and Magic Were Brothers: Magic and humanity in V. E. Schwab's Shades of Magic
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    In this thesis, the interplay of magic and humanity in V. E. Schwab's Shades of Magic trilogy is examined with a focus on how these concepts are perceived in relation to power. By establishing the history of the worlds in which the story takes place, a solid base for the status of magic within different societies was established, which then allowed for character analysis to take place. Characters and their actions were then analyzed with the goal of determining whether their true powers stemmed from magical abilities or human qualities. For the purposes of contrast, the two characters chosen were Holland Vosjik-the most powerful magician in existence- and Rhy Maresh, a crown prince unable to wield magic. Character agency and overall impact of decisions on the story were taken into account during this analysis, and it was then determined which had more effect on a particular moment, magic or humanity. In both cases, humanity was found to be the more powerful of the two. It was then established that the main antagonist of the series, a magical entity named Osaron, cannot identify with human qualities and the ways in which he was ultimately beaten further showcased the power humanity holds over magic. Finally, this thesis focused on the implications of magic for those born possessing a lot of it, with a focus on the Antari magicians. This led to the discovery that for those born into worlds where magic was perceived by society as a sign of power, their abilities rendered them powerless when it came to controlling their own lives. On the other hand, those born into worlds where magic was no more than a myth had more freedom of choice. Therefore, with all of the above taken into account, this thesis established that in the Shades of Magic series, humanity is a stronger force than magic.

  • 7.5.2021

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