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Once and Future King: Origin of Human Desires–––Knowledge

Humans all have at least one ultimate desire in life. Whether it be wealth, power, fame, intelligence, happiness or true love, humans spend their entire life working towards achieving this goal. Although there are many different kinds of desires, they all originate from the same source. However, many are in disagreement of the identity of this source. Some believe that it is genes. They think that children are born with very similar desires as their parents. Some others are convinced that the source is experience. They think that if a child enjoys an experience of wealth, power, fame, intelligence, happiness or love, they will desire it for the rest of their life. Many others including the author of the Once and Future King, T. H. White, consider the source to be knowledge. These people think that new knowledge about oneself and about a certain subject creates the interest for the desires. T. H. White's thoughts on this topic are clearly shown throughout his book. His charact!
ers blatantly display their desires and the cause of them. In the Once and Future King, the verbal, emotional, and physical lessons taught by the teachers of Mordred, Lancelot, and Arthur lead to their ultimate desire of achieving greatness.
Arthur's'might for right' idea, God's directions, and Uncle Dap's training techniques lead to Lancelot's desire of being the best knight in the world. When Arthur tells Lancelot about the Round Table and'might for right', Lancelot becomes fixed on the idea. "He wanted to be the best knight in the world, so that Arthur would love him in return" (White 319). Lancelot is already in love with Arthur when Arthur talks to him about the Round Table. Therefore, to impress Arthur, he perfects himself to become the best knight in the world ever since then. The author emphasizes on the huge impact of Arthur's words on Lancelot's wish many times throughout the boo…

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