The Sword in the Stone: Disney's Version vs. T.H. White

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The story of King Arthur is widely known, either his beginnings told in The Sword in the Stone or how he led the Knights of the Round Table. While there are many version of his story T. H. White’s written version and Disney’s animated version of The Sword in the Stone are two of the most recognized versions. Most movies have the ability to embody the original intent of the book they were based upon. Disney’s movie version of T. H. White’s rendition of The Sword in the Stone, however, while portraying the correct story, does not truly convey enough elements of White’s version to be effective in telling the original story. The characterization and Merlyn’s ‘lessons’ within the movie inhibit the film from being an effective portrayal of the…show more content…
H. White’s novel. The most important character in the story of King Arthur in both versions is Arthur himself or “Wart” as he was known as before becoming King. While the movie does a decent job at portraying him as this weak unaware character, the movie does not give him enough credit for the feats he accomplishes himself. In the film, when Wart is transformed into a fish, Archimedes ultimately has to save Wart from the pike that almost kills him. However, in the book Wart manages to escape from the Pike by his own volition of knowledge, instead of the sheer power the Pike was using. Another time when Wart is portrayed as incompetent is when he is first introduced as a character. He ruins Kay’s shot at the deer and he is not even able to get the arrow back with ease. However as the story develops in the book, Wart’s character also develops. While he might start out as weak, he eventual grows into an intellectual character with depth and confidence. During his lesson with the birds of prey and his ordeal, Wart is put into a situation where he needs to outsmart Colonel Cully. He does this through distracting the Colonel by using fear as a tool: “There is a cat behind you,” said the Wart calmly, “or a pinemarten. Look” (The Sword in the Stone). On the other hand, during his lesson with the geese Lyo-lyok helped him analyze the inhumane characteristics of humanity when she said: “But what creature could

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