The Sword In The Stone/Excalibur

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Excalibur was the sword of king ship, an it came to pass that the man that pulls the sword out would and will be made on to be the king of England. Excalibur was also a force not to be wrecked with if you did not use it right it could also go against you. The Trial serves two purposes: to prove worth and to atone for wrongs and purify. When the Trial is used to prove the worth of the hero, the hero must prove that he is capable and worthy enough to be the hero and that he will be able to face the ultimate conflict. This aspect of the Trial is what is also known as the Initiation (Campbell 97). In Arthurian mythology Arthur must pull the Excalibur from the stone. The Sword in the stone is a book about an adopted child named Arthur. He is of royal blood and does not know this. One day when Arthur is in the forest, he finds a magician named Merlin. Merlin comes home with Arthur and agrees with Sir Ector, to become Arthur’s tutor. Merlin goes about educating Arthur by transforming him into different animals. Through each transformation Arthur experiences different forms of power, each being a part of how he should rule as king. The sword was a gift from Merlin but in some legends they say the lady of the lake gave it to him. The Arthurian legend is a decade story meaning it has been passed down from decades before our time. In the story king Arthur pulled a sword out of a Stone and the sword was Excalibur, the sword was a gift from Merlin. The towns people that witness this thought that it was a fake, because they could not believe that a young man like king Arthur can pull the sword out of the stone. When Arthur pulled the sword out of the stone this showed that king Arthur was made to be king (Arthurian legends). Excalibur was one of Arthur’s prized possessions (Campbell 108). The sword was used to fight countless nobles, and battles against
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