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The work explores human nature regarding power and justice. As the young Arthur becomes king, he attempts to quell the prevalent "might makes right" attitude with his idea of chivalry, even as he foresees the ascendancy of another form of might, namely legal prowess in the courtroom, and a form of fascism outside the courtroom.
Hic iacet Arthurus, rex quondam, rexque futurus or "Here lies Arthur, king once, and king to be. Though Arthur, if he existed at all, would have ruled some time around the 6th century, the book is set around the 14th century and Arthur is portrayed as a Anglo-Norman rather than a Britonand the actual monarchs of that period are referred to as "mythical".
The book is divided into four parts: Much of the contents of this book appears in the first part of The Once and Future King. Each of the transformations is meant to teach Wart a lesson, which will prepare him for his future life.
Merlyn instills in Arthur the concept that the only justifiable reason for war is to prevent another from going to war and that contemporary human governments and powerful people exemplify the worst aspects of the rule of Might.
Neither the ant nor goose episodes were in the original Sword in the Stone when it was published as a stand-alone book. The original novel also contains a battle between Merlyn and sorceress Madam Mim that was not included in The Once and Future King but was included in the Disney film.
While the young king suppresses initial rebellions, Merlyn leads him to envision a means of harnessing potentially destructive Might for the cause of Right: However, the tale gradually changes tone until "Ill-Made Knight" becomes more meditative and "The Candle in the Wind" finds Arthur brooding over death and his legacy.
Arthur evolves from a fallible but inquisitive and enthusiastic youth "the Wart" to an individualised and psychologically complex man.
He is also intensely introspective and obsessively insecure, traits which lead to bouts of self-loathing.
Merlyn lives through time backwards, making him a bumbling yet wise old man who is getting younger. Similarly, Sir Bors who White explicitly labels "Sir Bors the misogynist " is depicted as so devoted to his religious dogma that he is willing to do harm unto others and the world around him rather than risk sacrificing his purity.
White allows Sir Thomas Malory, in the form of a young page named Tom, to have a cameo appearance towards the end of the final book. Due to his living backwards, Merlyn makes many anachronistic allusions to events in more recent times; of note are references to World War II, telegraphs, tanks, and "an Austrian who … plunged the civilized world into misery and chaos" i.
Reception[ edit ] Floyd C. Gale praised "The Sword in the Stone" as "blithely comic and entirely delightful", stating that it was "in utter contrast to the mounting tragedy" of the other three volumes of the series.
I can hardly imagine that any mature, literate person who has read the book would disagree with this estimate.
White is a great writer. The movie adds a more comical side to the original story, including song and dance, as in most Walt Disney films. Incidental music for the serial was specially composed by Benjamin Britten.
It is mentioned again in " Ultimate Comics: In the " Ultimate X-Men " comics, the book is a metaphor for Magnetoan extremely powerful mutant terrorist. Film[ edit ] George A. At the end of the film, Xavier is using the book as a teaching tool.The Once and Future King, by T.H.
White (stands for Terence Hanbury, which is swag) is one of the most significant and influential modern-day works of Arthurian literature (and yes, they're still trotting out King Arthur, even recently).
White got his Round Table on between and this novel is actually four novels in one, which is why. Evan Rachel Wood (born September 7, ) is an American actress, model, and musician. She began acting in the s, appearing in several television series, including American Gothic (–96) and Once and Again (–).
Feb 17, · As we have seen, at times of great change the legend of King Arthur, with its unfaltering moral stability, has always proved popular, and so it proved again in the reign of Queen Victoria. T. H. White's The Once and Future Kingis one of the most complete and unique portrayals of the immortal legend of King Arthur.
Though it has been in print for less than half a century, it has already been declared a classic by many, and is often referred to as the "bible" of Arthurian legend. The Once and Future King by T. H.
White. Contents THE SWORD IN THE STONE THE QUEEN OF AIR AND DARKNESS THE ILL-MADE KNIGHT THE CANDLE IN THE WIND. in the Bicester, where he doubled back, and lost him in Wicken Wood. Must have been a good twenty-five miles as he ran." "A straight-necked 'un," said Sir Ector.
A summary of Book I: “The Sword in the Stone,” Chapters 14–19 in T. H. White's The Once and Future King. Learn exactly what happened in this chapter, scene, or section of The Once and Future King and what it means.
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