“Arthur Becomes King of Britain” ; “Connecticut Yankee” study guide by loganbrown includes 46 questions covering vocabulary, terms and T.H. White. King Pellinore and others are talking about who will be the next king and how the person who takes that place has to pull a sword out of a stone. In Book I, “The Sword and the Stone,” we are introduced to the Wart, a young boy who eventually becomes King Arthur. The Wart grows up in the castle of Sir.

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A first-time reader of White’s novel may be surprised at his initial portrayal of King Arthur — arguably the most famous monarch in literature — as an unassuming, rustic boy. In fact, Arthur is known only by his diminutive nickname “the Wart” until the very end of the book, when Merlyn addresses him by his more famous title.

“Arthur Becomes King of Britain” by T. H. White

He is, throughout the novel, like a medieval Huckleberry Finn, discovering his personality brktain it is revealed to him through a number of tests and triumphs. Kingg reasons for calling the young Arthur “the Wart” reflect his overall portrayal of the young king. While he could never imagine himself as a figure in a medieval romance, he certainly devours these legends wholeheartedly, as seen through his awe of King Pellinore when they meet in the forest.


He later tells Merlyn that his greatest wish is to wear a “splendid suit of armor” and call himself “the Black Knight. The Wart, however, never dreams that he — a foundling — can ever rise to such heights.

This sense of childlike wonder makes the Wart an apt pupil for Merlyn’s lessons. Throughout all of his tutorials with Merlyn, the Wart remains wide-eyed and receptive.

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Unlike Kay, who is often stubborn and selfish, the Wart is genuinely interested in the people or, in his case, the animals that he meets. This desire to learn about the beliefs and values of others will mark him as a fair and upright king — which the other volumes of White’s saga confirm. The fact that the Wart “becomes” King Arthur while fetching a sword for Kay is significant: Until the very moment where his destiny is revealed to him, the Wart remains subservient, eager to please others.

When he pulls the sword from the stone and sees Ector and Kay kneel before him, the Wart begins to cry — unlike his brother, the Wart cannot imagine himself the recipient of great fame or renown. While he did confess to Merlyn that he would have liked to have been a knight, that was in the Wart’s mind just a fantasy. White, however, views the Wart’s sincerity and lack of presumption as his two greatest assets, contributing to the “reward” he receives at the end of the novel.


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