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To live is as easy as it is to breathe and as hard as it is to see through the dark The path of ones life is never set out for them To discover where life will lead a person must search out where truth for them lies When challenges arise it is the truth that should stand out as the only acceptable solution Two works of literature The Crystal Cave and Narcissus and Goldmund show this search for a lifes path and the trials along the way Throughout the Crystal Cave a fantasy about the life of Merlin the author Mary Stewart runs the theme of knowledge which is ever present and always within our grasp Through her story she teaches that life is a cycle of continuous learning She presents Merlin as a child born from a royal mother and an unknown father As he grows he learns that he has the destiny to bring a king to power who will bring peace back to the world We are taught through the experience of young Merlin in this first of four books that we must be open at all times to what the world is offering to teach us Merlin comes to the realization of his lifes destiny through three key events These events come to pass without any provoking from Merlin He reacts to what life is putting in front of him using what he senses as truth and that is what leads him to his destiny The first event where Merlin is seen to be open to acquiring knowledge is when he is in a secret passage in which he hides to get away from the people of the court While in that passage Merlin overhears a conversation of his uncle the prince and one of his advisors The conversation concerns Merlin and what will become of him because of his strange birth The advisor seems to want to see Merlin
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