Supernatural Aid In Campbell's A Once And Future King

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Like the training wheels on a child’s bike, help is given in order to make the new rider stronger and better able to control the dynamics of a newly discovered notion. In Campbell’s eyes, the same concept correlates with the help given to a hero. This help making them wiser, stronger and better able to face the challenges offered by adventure. The help may include the distribution of maps, weapons, or something more mythical, some sort of supernatural aid. This aid, according to Campbell, is always in the form of a mentor, a wise, old prune that completes the tasks of foreseeing the hero to victory. Merlyn, in the story A Once and Future King, better adheres to Campbell’s vision regarding the magical guide in the heroic journey. The concept of a magical guide or supernatural aid informs the audience of unworldly guidance that follows after the acceptance of “The Call to Adventure”. The texts “A Once and Future King” and “Le Morte d’ Arthur” both exemplify an entity, Merlyn, that invades the life of a hero, Arthur, as an aid in order to guide him to victory regarding his journey and adventure. Heroes are often began on their trip by a character who has aced the laws of the outside world and returns to offer wisdom and experience. This otherworldly character or magical guide regularly gives the hero the way to conquer the adventure. As a less than dependable rule the blessing is just insight. In each occurrence it is something the hero needs to succeed. As Campbell says,

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