By the placing of “an event, person, or thing during a time period when it could not have existed (Bedford 15),” anachronisms can play an important role in the plot of a story. Despite being seen as an “error” (Bedford 15) by some, anachronism can be helpful in aiding an author in both relating text to a reader and setting the tone of literary works. Seen throughout the text of The Once and Future King, author, T.H. White utilizes anachronisms in various manners in order to aid the progression and understanding of the text. While does White employ anachronisms to relate readers to the historic times in The Once and Future King, by referencing more modern examples, White also uses anachronism in a crucial part of the plot of The Once and Future
interpreted in more than one way. Also, the manner of expression of such an event or situation may be ambiguous. Artful language may be ambiguous. Unintentional ambiguity is usually vagueness.
Anachronism—Assignment of something to a time when it was not in existence, e.g. the watch Merlyn wore in The Once and Future King.
Analogy—An analogy is a comparison to a directly parallel case. When a writer uses an analogy, he or she argues that a claim reasonable for one case is reasonable for the analogous…