Analysis: Chapters 10–13 “The Sword in the Stone” is often considered to be more directed toward children than the other three books of The Once and Future King , and Kay’s quest supports this claim. Kay’s and the Wart’s adventures in the Forest Sauvage are comical, enjoyable, and filled with the typical traits of a fairy tale or a children’s story: castles, griffins, fairies, and, of course, the character of Robin Hood. White’s principle inspiration for The Once and Future King was Sir Thomas Malory’s Morte d’Arthur, a fifteenth-century prose rendition of the Arthurian legend that has become one of its most definitive interpretations. In his novel, however, White drastically departs from the characters of Malory’s creation. The episode feels like it is a lighthearted jaunt outside of the novel’s regular world that tries to delight a younger audience by combining famous characters like Robin Hood with fairy-tale elements like Morgan le Fay and the griffin. As Kay develops as a character, he remains overly proud and arrogant, but also becomes more
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