Satire And Tone In "The Once And Future King"

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There is a direct link in Book I and Book IV of the Once and Future King from the animation and adventure that Wart experiences to the fall of King Arthur’s reign. The shift is long and detailed but in the end everything ties together. Although at points the plot is grim, White throws in a little bit of satire throughout every book, for example in Book II when the Orkney environment is harsh but then it is contradicted by the behavior of Sir Pellinore, Sir Grummore, and Sir Palomides. In Book III, it is very descriptive and tedious with a darker tone, but then also is offset by Lancelot’s adventures. It is evident that the tone changes drastically from Book I to Book IV but what I noticed, is that the same themes and ideas are expressed within these two books.
Arthur is portrayed to be somewhat foolish and gullible in Book I along with Book IV, not in the sense that he silly and imprudent, but in the sense that he is a pushover. Arthur is simple minded and optimistic and has hopes of things that are way out of his league to even expect to happen. He takes on the same traits when he was a young boy in Forest Sauvage, naïve and feeling strongly about justice. Although Arthur may have known about Jenny and Lancelot, he didn’t say anything because he didn’t want them to suffer so he acted completely oblivious to the entire situation. Because of Arthur’s childlike attitude, it...

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