English IV- Comparative_Contrast Essay.docx - Bailey Willis Mrs Petrus English IV2 nd 17 October 2017 Merlin or Merlyn What is a supernatural aid

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Bailey Willis Mrs. Petrus English IV—2 nd 17 October 2017 Merlin or Merlyn? What is a supernatural aid? According to gordannapier.com, a supernatural aid is defined as help given to the hero from someone who is endowed with abilities beyond the normal. They may or may not give the hero some talisman to help him on the journey. Merlin from Le Morte D’Arthur is a supernatural aid who circumlocutory helps the hero by using his abnormal abilities to protect and give advice. Merlyn from The Once and Future King is also a supernatural aid who uses his anomalistic abilities to protect and give advice, but he directly helps the hero. Both stories involve supernatural aids, but each helps the hero in a contradistinctive way. Although Merlin appears as Arthur’s metaphysical aid in both Le Morte D’Arthur and The Once and Future King , Merlin in The Once and Future King is a better supernatural aid according to Campbell’s theory. First of all, both Merlin in Le Morte D’Arthur and Merlyn from The Once and Future King provide protection. Merlin in Le Morte D’Arthur

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