Themes Of King Arthur And The Alchemist

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In Roger Lancelyn Green’s “King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table” there are many stories including, Arthur becoming king, knights going on quests and saving damsels in distress, and the quest for the Holy Grail. In Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist” a boy follows his destiny to find a treasure that he dreamed of and travels to the Pyramids of Egypt to find it, while meeting people on his long journey. In both “King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table” and “The Alchemist” there is a common theme. Everyone has a destiny that was chosen for them even if they don’t know it yet. In “King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table”, Arthur and Galahad follow what they were meant to do, and in “The Alchemist” Santiago and the alchemist follow what they were meant to do. Firstly, in Roger Lancelyn Green’s “King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table” Arthur follows his destiny to become King of Britain. In the story, an anvil appeared in the church courtyard, where many knights had gathered on Christmas Day, that read, “WHOSO PULLETH OUT THIS SWORD FROM THIS ANVIL IS THE TRUE-BORN KING OF ALL BRITAIN”. In other words, it is someone's destiny to pull out the sword from the anvil and become King of Britain. Eventually, Arthur showed up to the church and was able to pull the sword from the anvil, fulfilling his destiny to become King of Britain. This suggests that Arthur had a destiny that was chosen for him like many other characters in the book and “The Alchemist”.

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