February 29, 2012
The Adventures of Arthur, Theseus, and Sigurd
In any heroic tale, heroes must take the journey of a hero while in these three stories all journeys were made with great difficulties. In “Sword in the Stone,” Arthur succeeds as king of Britain because; he pulled the sword from the stone. In “Theseus” he kills the Minotaur, and in the story “Sigurd the Dragon- Slayer,” Sigurd kills the greedy backstabbing brother. The hero just slayed the dragon and saves the damsels in distress while you’re sitting just watching. The dragon just came back to life and swatted at you! In the Romance “Sword in the Stone,” the myth “Theseus,” and the Romance “Sigurd the Dragon-Slayer,” they all follow the journey of a hero by an ignoble birth, a road of trials, and a journey with a heroic weapon.
To begin the journey of a hero all heroes must have an ignoble birth. Arthur of the Romance “Sword in the Stone,” begins the journey of a hero with having the ignoble birth to King Uther of Britain who gave up the anonymous child to Sir Ector who also had his own son, Sir Kay. Arthur’s father was a well-known king so it was impossible for him to have an ill-legitimate child. “King Uther of England, who was unmarried, loved Igraine, another man’s wife. In disguise the king deceived Igraine into thinking he was her husband. Arthur was the child born to Igraine as a result of the trick”(Mallory, 644). Although King Uther was deceived into the child’s conception, Arthur is still Uthers’ blood because, the child was born to Uther’s sperm; the way the child was conceived was sex with no love.
Arthur has to prove himself by making the journey on the road of trials. Arthur just has to prove that he deserves the seat of king by pulling the sword from the stone more than once to prove so to the ambitious barons. “Would you please thrust it into the stone again?” (Baines, 646). With the fact that Arthur did indeed have to pull the sword out of...