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Merlin the Wizards magical power dictates and foretells the stories of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table In fact a reader can promptly argue that Merlins arts of magic keeps the book very lively After all Merlins magical power is responsible for King Arthurs existence Merlin uses his crafty art to make Igraine believe that King Uther is indeed her husband As a result of Merlins optical illusion Igraine lies with King Uther and later conceives King Arthur Despites Merlins possession of strange and secret power of prophecy Merlin does not play a genie figure to King Arthur but rather Merlin is a father figure to King Arthur There is a famous saying of with age comes wisdom Merlins so called magical powers is merely the spiritual enlightenment that he had gained from a journey of self discovery in his life time On a first glance it seems as though Merlin is endowed supernatural powers and he is described as a wise and subtle man knew the winding channels of the human mind know every corner of heart and mindSteinbeck 4-5 If a reader were to read what is embedded beyond literal meaning of this statement a new perspective emerges Merlins knowledge of life is viewed as magical and mystical to individuals who have not gained spiritual enlightenment or have not embarked on a hero journey Merlin the Wizard is no different from the rest of the brave souls in the courts of Camelot However his wisdom about life is the factor that portrays Merlin as a magical figure King Arthur along with other lords and knights are going through universal hero journey that Merlin had gone through successfully As a result Merlin serves as a perfect father figure to King Arthur because Merlin knows elements of life that is unknown to King Arthur From the very moment King Arthur enters the world Merlin has been
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