Character Analysis: The Once And Future King

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Argument - The Once and Future King Visualize how it was like in Camelot: getting taught chivalry, training into knighthood, and growing up with a magician. In the fantasy fiction book, The Once and Future King by T.H. White, the legacy of King Arthur is retold, but in a more perspective way. Every character in the book has a role that influences the future king, Arthur, in ruling England. Reflecting back at his childhood, Arthur, known as the Wart throughout those years, recalls his friendship and rivalry with Kay, his foster brother. They have many adventures together along with his newly acquired magic-wielding tutor, Merlyn. He is hired by Sir Ector, Kay’s father, to teach the Wart. The magician, knowing the Wart’s fate, agrees and puts Arthur through a series of lessons and morals. Arthur is transformed into many different animals (fish, hawk, ant, goose, and badger) by Merlyn to prepare himself for his future. Arthur is successful in translating Merlyn’s morals into a just system of government because he uses his gained wisdom and knowledge to be a rightful king in ruling England. There are many reasons that Merlyn’s morals…show more content…
The Wart learns about war when he is transformed in a goose, and he meets Lyo-lyok, a female goose. She tells him, “There are no boundaries among the geese” (170). Also, she states about the geese, “They had no kings like Uther, no laws like the bitter Norman ones ” (171). These quotes emphasize that wars are unneeded and a waste of people and resources. From the geese, he learns that they do not have boundaries, so there are no causes for war. Also, the geese prevent war against each other by having no boundaries, kings, and property except for their nests. Merlyn tells the Wart about the anecdote about the farmer and the henhouse. The principles behind it is the principle the geese live by, a leader takes charge when a leader is
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