A Whistle for the Wind Essay

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A Whistle for the Wind I am writing to you to corroborate the points the argument made by Thomas Hoberg in his essay, “A Whistle for the Wind.” According to Hoberg, “...only Mary Stewart, among modern writers, has brought [Merlin] to life in such a way that his legendary deeds compel us to empathize with the poignantly vulnerable man behind the sorcerer’s mask.”(17) I cannot directly confirm that this is true, as I have not read any other books of the Arthurian Legend, but based on my knowledge of Mary Stewart’s The Hollow Hills, I do agree with Hoberg that Mary Stewart draws the reader into empathizing with Merlin exceedingly well. One reason Hoberg states to support his bold claim is that “Ms. Stewart deftly readjusts conventional Arthurian chronology to frame of her hero’s life.” This is a very important component in allowing the reader to relate to Merlin. In the traditional timeline,which is summarized in “The Legend” (Stewart 361-364), Merlin is a more distant character which makes it more difficult to have any feelings toward him. However, the way Mary Stewart frames Merlin’s life in her books shows his life and backstory in much greater detail. For example, in The Hollow Hills, the story follows Merlin back to the cave where he lives, and even describes his living conditions (18). It is the smaller details like this, usually omitted in the traditional telling of the Arthurian Legend, that give us a better idea of who Merlin really is as a person, almost making it difficult not to become attached to him as he progresses through the story. Another of Hoberg’s arguments is that “As Mary Stewart presents them, the necromantic deeds on which Merlin’s reputation most conspicuously rests are the unsupernatural work of a remarkably gifted and talented polymath who has had the benefit of an equally remarkable education”(17). Bringing Merlin down to
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