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X-men vs. The Once and Future King
Transcript of X-men vs. The Once and Future King
The Once and Future King By: Alex Longoria The Once and Future King
X-Men In The Once and Future King, we see many strugsles and conflicts, whether they are over education, love and intimacy, or the question of might over right. These many conflicts always seem to revolve around their legitimacy. Legitimacy can be defined as the state of being in accordance with established standards or ethics. The author reflects its importance and, in some cases, reflects the repercussions that come when mere ignorance causes man to ignore legitimacy. This theme can also be seen in the series of X-Men. This seems to imply that T.H. White's many subplots are a model for the series. Might vs. Right Arthur wanted to use the knights of the round table as a tool to fight unethical pillaging. Many powerful lords and knights in England at the time wanted to use their authority to attack the weak for their own benefit or entertainment. "I don't think things should be done because you are able to do them. I think they should be done because you ought to do them." (246)
The question of might over right revolves around whether or not a leader should do something because he has the authority. This effects the rightfulness of a ruler's power.The legitimacy of leadership can be analyzed in several ways:
One of Arthur's goals was to transform England into a legitimate kingdom. This is in the sense of turning those with power into ethical leaders. Ethics are the rules that are applied to people and society that are not wrtiten laws but instead explain what is right and wrong. As explained by the quote above, his thought of leadership was based on using power as an absolute tool to reach the needs of the people. Those that do not, however, show that their rule radiates a sense of incorrectness, for that power was given to the wrong person.
Another of Arthur's problems to solve was the lack of righteous rules on the battlefield. Many lords engaged in war because they could and because they somehow benefit. They also did this without consideration of the peasents that fought for them or against them. Arthur decided to legitimize fighting by fighting fire with fire to put the last flame out. "Might is not right. But there is a lot of Might knocking around in this world, and something has to be done about it." (247) Might vs. Right "I don't think things should be done because you are able to do them. I think they should be done because you ought to do them." (246)
"How does it look from there Charles? Still fighting the good fight? From here it looks like they're not playing by your rules...... Maybe it's time we play by theirs."
-Magneto In X-men, there is also a fight between over the question of might overe right. Hummanity is faced with competition by mutants that have many powers that they do not. Many mutants, led by Magneto, want to attack, control, or even kill humans because they do not have powers. Professor Xavier is against fighting them physically because they are different. Xavier wants to make his powers legitimate and use them for good, using his X-Men as a tool to reach that goal. They support might over right. They support right over might. Education "Why, I believe Sir Ector would have been gladder to get a by-our-lady tilting blue for your tutor, that swings on his knuckles like an anthropoid ape, rather than a magician of known probity and international reputation with first-class honours from every European university." (59) In this quote, Merlyn criticized any other possible tutor that Sir Ector could have chosen to teach Wart and Kay. He also highlights his qualifications that make him the best, which include being honored by all of Europe's universities. This exhibits how a legitimate education is extremely essential, especially in a future king. Here legitimacy is important not in the form of ethics but in standards. Arthur needed an education up to par with his future occupation of ruling England. Luckily, a time traveling, educated magician was at hand to give that to him. Merlyn was already aware of Arthur's future and knew what he would need to know. Arthur recieved a hands-on education on how to be a chivalrous and wise leader. He found out the negatives of an absolute monarchy with fish, the idiocracy that was present with many knights, and the necessities of helping the people.
A person can also recieve an education from their parents and their upbringing. Besides their genetics, we see Morgause negatively influence her children, the Orkney children. Agravaine seems to be the one that mostly learns and adopts the evil behavior of his mother and becomes almost psychotic and a deceiver. He kills a unicorn that made contact with a maid he believed to be his mother. He also goes on a rampage with Mordred to take Arthur out of power, at the expense of his own brother. Because of this illegitimate education, Agraivaine becomes a key player in the fall of Arthur. Arthur wanted to stop corrupt knights. Depiction of Morgause Merlyn Merlyn's education and influence leads to the creation of the RoundTable. Education "Why, I believe Sir Ector would have been gladder to get a by-our-lady tilting blue for your tutor, that swings on his knuckles like an anthropoid ape, rather than a magician of known probity and international reputation with first-class honours from every European university." (59) In the X-Men Series, Professor Xavier educates the "gifted yougsters" in a similar manner that Merlyn educated Arthur. Xavier teaches the young mutants how to control their powers and use them for good. He prepares them for the possibility of them joining the X-Men.
Stryker, a nemesis in X-2, also "educates," primarily with his mutant son. His "re-education" is torturing and gaining control of mutants to do his bidding against their own kind. "Don't worry. I'm just giving him a little bit of re-education. Of course, you know all about that, don't you?"
Stryker They both give an illegitimate "education." They are the teachers. Love "Another stumbling block to DOING AS HE PLEASED was the very idea of chivalry or of civilization which Arthur had first invented and then introduced into his young mind." (367) In the love triangle in The Once and Future King, Lancelot and Guenevere faced many issues, one of them was maintaining the legitimacy of their relationship. In this case, they face desires that contradict both the standards and ethics of the epoch, for a woman was not supposed to have extra-marrital affairs, especially with her husbands best knight. A Legitimate relationship between the two would be a mere friendship. Instead, they both sneak around,and soon, they get intimate making their relationship a grave sin.
The other relationship that became illegitimate was Gunevere's marriag to Arthur. Arthur was the one that had instilled the laws of chivalry in Lancelot. Both Guenevere and Lancelot decide to give in to temptation and betray Arthur. It seems as though most of the people knew about the affair, including Arthur. Because they could only be Catholic at the time, infidelity called for justice that usually involved violence. Arthur chose to ignore the problems he faced in his marriage for the sake of his friends.
What possibly marked Arthur's grandest error was the illegitimate result of incest, Mordred. Morgause, Arthur's half-sister, tricked Arthur into procreating a son outside of wedlock. This changes him since he lost his innocence. Mordred was then raised to hate his father. In the end, it is Mordred who attempts to steel the English throne and succeeds with the death of Arthur.
They were the tools used to defeat might over right. Lancelot Guenevere Affair of the knight and the queen. Arthur created the Knights of the Round Table. Lancelot was the best knight from the Round Table. Guenever was the wife ofArthur. Mordred is the son in and the end of Arthur. Morgause tricks Arthur into losing his innocence. Merlyn was Arthur's mentor. Guenevere was Lancelot's lover. Love "Another stumbling block to DOING AS HE PLEASED was the very idea of chivalry or of civilization which Arthur had first invented and then introduced into his young mind." (367) In the X-Men Series, there is a love triangle present that begins to affect the group in the second movie. Pheonix is in a committed relationship with Cyclops but enters in an affair with Wolverine. This is unethical and a serious betrayal that Cyclops is unaware of. His love for Pheonix blinds him and eventually leads to his death in the third movie. X-Men Cyclops
"Girls flirt with the dangerous guy, they don't bring him home; they marry the good guy."
They had an illegitimate relationship. This is Xavier's school. Xavier created the X-Men to fight for legitimate mutant rights. They both were in love with Pheonix. They were members of the X-Men. Pheonix was controlled by Xavier but became the one that defeats him. They are "creations" of the heroes that ultimately defeat them. In both stories, we see that illegitimacy some how contibute to the tragic fall of the hero. Arthur's illegitimate son is the one that eventually defeats him. When he was forced to attack Lancelot in France because of the affair with Guenevere caused his throne in England to be open to Mordred and his unethical strife for power. In X-Men, the war over might vs. right consumes Pheonix, who then kills Xavier.