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T. H. White

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the-once-and-future-king-t-h-whiteNarrator, Part 4, Chapter 14he fantastic thing about war was that it was fought about nothing—literally nothing.Sources:, Kirkus Reviews, World BookCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.Candle in the WindRepresents the fragility of Arthurs political ideas Holy GrailSignifies the desire to achieve perfectionSword in the StoneRepresents the power of love and Arthurs destiny to be kingSymbolsWar creates a cycle of violence and suffering but doesn’t solve any problems.Folly of WarKing Arthurs desire for a just society fails when might always makes right.Might vs. RightLancelot and the other knights strive toward perfection but can’t reach it.Perfection vs. FallibilityTaught by the wizard Merlyn, King Arthur attempts to create a just government for England by setting up the Knights of the Round Table. But a love affair between Queen Guenever and Arthurs best friend, Sir Lancelot, threatens to destroy all that Arthur has worked to achieve.The Quest for JusticeTHEMESWise, powerful, bumbling wizard; teaches Arthur to be a great kingMerlynBrave, gracious, passionate queen; loves both Lancelot and ArthurQueen GueneverGreatest knight and Guenevers lover; craves spiritual perfection and worthSir LancelotCompassionate, wise king of Camelot; strives to replace the desire for power with justiceKing ArthurMain CharactersWhites interest in King Arthur began with Sir Thomas Malorys Le Morte dArthur when White was in primary school in England. After he turned to writing at Cambridge, White built his passion for Arthurs legends into several books, some of which were combined into The Once and Future King.T.H. WHITE1906–64 AuthorEnglishOriginal Language1958Year PublishedT.H. WhiteAuthorThe Once and Future KingMythologyNovel

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