When Arthur was a young boy, he was taught by an old magician who knew
the future because it composed his past. The old necromancer taught
Arthur many things, lessons only a magician could teach. He would turn his
pupil into different creatures and put him in different places so Arthur could
learn on his own. The magician, Merlyn believed that ?Education is
experience, and the essence of experience is self-reliance?(46). Through all
of his lessons and through all of his experiences, Arthur?s ideals and
philosophies changed. They start out reflecting society, and when Arthur
becomes King and begins to think for himself, he realizes that the past ways
were wrong. In order to fix the past King Arthur redefines might and right.
He does so to make life more pleasant and peaceful.
These lessons taught Arthur about the governing mindset of the times.
Like any other child, the young Arthur?s mind was very malleable, so from
his surroundings he learned that might is right. He learned this by watching
the knights at Sir Ector?s castle, from his schooling, from the ?Games mad?
society in which he was raised. Everywhere he looked, he saw games that
determined the winner by
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