The Once And Future King Essay

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This is the story of a boy named Wart and his adventures. In the first part of the book, Wart meets his future tutor and begins his lessons. In the second part, Wart goes on many adventures as a part of his lessons. In the final part, Wart pulls the sword out of the stone. In these paragraphs I will summarize the book.First, the story begins in Sir Ector's castle, located in the Forest Sauvage. Wart is under the care of Sir Ector and grows up with his son Kay. Wart knows that Kay will eventually be knighted and Wart will become his squire. After the boys' old teacher goes mad, it is decided that a quest should begin to find a new tutor. As Wart and Kay are hawking one day, Kay sends the hawk named Cully to fly. Cully is not in the mood to hunt and perches on a tree. Wart follows Cully deep into the woods and gets lost. He soon comes upon King Pellinore who is after the Questing Beast. When Wart wakes up the next morning, he finds a magician named Merlyn. Merlyn lives backwards in time and has an owl named Archimedes. After catching Cully, they all head back to the castle because Merlyn says that he is the new tutor. For Wart's first lesson, Merlyn turns him into a perch, swimming in the moat. Merlyn cures a sick fish and then introduces Wart to the King of the Moat. For another lesson, Merlyn transports Wart to a place in the forest where King Pellinore and Sir Grummore Grummerson engage in a battle where no one wins. For the next lesson, Wart is turned into a Merlin and sent to live with the hunting birds. There he is challenged by the others to stand next to the mad Cully while the bells ring three times.Next, is the middle of the book. Kay has always complained that Wart gets all the adventures. This time Merlyn sends then both on a quest. They meet up with Robin Wood and Maid Marian. The boys have to help rescue Dog Boy, Friar Tuck, Wat, and Wart's special dog from Morgan le Fay, a queen of fairies. The boys succeed and Kay kills the griffin that guarded the fairy castle. As another lesson for Wart, he is turned into an ant. Wart can barely stand this life and Merlyn changes him back to human form. On Christmas Eve, everyone attended the castle, including William Twyti, the King's royal hunter. The next day, everyone goes boar hunting in the forest. Robin Wood helps them find the boar. Robin kills the boar, but not before the boar kills one of Twyti's dogs. Twyti cries over the loss of his dog. King Pellinore then finds his Questing Beast dying. He insists on taking it back to the castle and making him well again, as he blamed himself for the Beast's sickness. As Wart's next lesson, Merlyn turns him into an owl...

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