Book Report/Character Analysis on the Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights by John Steinbeck Essay

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The Acts of King Arthur and His
Noble Knights

By John Steinbeck

Part One: Plot The first section of the book is entitled Merlin. The story begins by telling how Arthur came to be born and then flows into the life of Arthur. When Arthur is in his earlier years, God brings about a sword driven into an anvil set in stone. The gold writing on the stone claims that only the person meant to be King of England by right of birth shall be able to pull it
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While the festivities are taking place, a white stag bounds in and causes a great disruption. One knight also comes and takes a dog away from the court, and another man comes and takes away an unwilling lady. Arthur sends Sir Gawain after the stag, Sir Torre to retrieve the dog, and Sir Pellinore to seek out the lady and bring her back.
Sir Gawain sets out on the chase for the stag, fighting numerous knights along the way, and eventually kills the stag. During one of his battles with another knight, Gawain slays an innocent lady. Upon returning to Camelot and telling of his quest, Guinevere commands Gawain to serve and defend ladies for all his life as a punishment for his crime.
Sir Torre sets out on his quest and is immediately confronted by a dwarf, who demands that Sir Torre to fight a certain two knights before proceeding. Sir Torre defeats them both and sends them back to be Arthur’s prisoners. After a bit of questioning, Sir Torre learns that the dwarf can lead him to the whereabouts of the missing dog. Stealing the dog from a sleeping lady, Sir Torre ventures back towards Camelot. Before he can make it home, however, a knight appears claiming to be of service of the lady whose dog was stolen in her sleep. Sir Torre kills him and returns to Camelot. Arthur is pleased with Sir Torre and rewards him with an earldom of lands and a place of honor in the court.
Sir Pellinore sets out after the lady, and shortly after arrives at a damsel holding a