The world of Arthurian literature is filled with magic and adventure that enchants readers of all ages. T.H. White has done a fantastic job of turning the childhood adventures of Arthur by turning his narrative into spellbinding, cartoon like interpretation of the sword in the stone legend. Moral values are apparent from the beginning of White’s novel. White has cleverly connected all the educational adventures of Arthur, along with the people and animals encountered to the pulling the sword out of the stone. This marvelous amalgamation of key elements not only ties the loose ends of Arthur’s adventures together, they also solidify the reasoning behind Arthurs’ predetermined path to becoming the king of England.
Arthur’s world as a child growing up in White’s novel is centered in Sir Ector’s castle and the surrounding areas. Sir Ectors’ castle is the location where Merlyn finds a home from which to educate Arthur, with Kay part taking in Merlyn’s educating and adventures on a part time basis. Merlyn and his teaching are the focal point of White’s story that eventually leads to the pulling of the sword out of the stone, and the crowning of Arthur.
The opening chapters of The Sword in the Stone novel introduce Arthur, Kay, Sir Ector, King Pellinore and Merlyn. These characters are the foundation characters of the book. Merlyn’s role in the story is the most important. It entails educating Arthur so that he may become a legendary King of England. Throughout the Sword in the Stone story Arthur goes upon many a quest that will educate him about the world. Although Merlyn is Arthurs educator Merlyn never forces Arthur to go on any of the quests or take part in lessons. Arthur is always the one who comes to Merlyn seeking adventure, and wanting to earn more about the world in which he lives.
When Kay is careless and lets his hawk fly off into the woods it is Arthur who pursues the bird, giving young Arthur his first quest. It is while attempting to re capture the hawk on his first quest that Arthur is lead into the woods. While searching for the bird Arthur stumbles upon King Pellinore in his search for the questing beast. Arthur and King Pellinore become regular acquaintances after this meeting and their friendship grows from this moment onwards. After King Pellinore departs from Arthur and continues on his search for the questing beast Arthur also continues on his search for Kay’s hawk. This quest leads young Arthur to the residence of Merlyn. The stumbling across Merlyn and...