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of his marriage, and thus of himself. Confused, Arthur turns to Merlin and asks him which is the greatest quality of a knight. Merlin imparts his final words of wisdom upon Arthur. He tells him ?the greatest quality is truth above all. When a man lies, he murders some part of the world.? Confident in the validity of Merlin?s words, Arthur?s devastation is intensified when he sees for himself the secret love affair between his wife and his best friend. This, for Arthur, is an instant realization of his naivete. His willingness to trust without reserve made it easy for others to fool and take advantage of him. Merlin leaves Arthur, and Arthur soon finds himself an old man incapable of ?being king on his own.? His body and soul are weakened by the realization of his powerlessness.

His land deteriorates and his people become at war with one another. He describes himself as ?wasting away. [He] cannot die and [he] cannot live.? He is unable to pass away because he is not yet at peace with himself. Great difficulty is found in living because he must be witness to his failures every day as he watches his once prosperous kingdom fall to ruins. A grail containing healing fluids is presented to Arthur. The fluid succeeds in replenishing Arthur?s strength. It is with this renewal of life and the second chance to make right of all his wrongs that Arthur realizes the faults in the way he chose to carry out his life. ?Percival, I didn?t know how empty was my soul until it was full. Lancelot carried my honor and Guinevere my guilt. My knights fought my causes.? Arthur

for the first time in his life is able to stand tall on his own to feet with out the accompaniment of any other. He at last finds himself confident in his beliefs and thus his identity. Transformed by the strength of his realizations, Arthur proclaims ?now I shall be king.? Fighting his final battle, Arthur meets his long lost best friend and betrayer, Lancelot. Unable to save the wounded Lancelot?s life, Arthur displays the nobility in his character by forgiving Lancelot, and allowing Lancelot to die with the knowledge that he was still considered a knight of Arthur?s round table. ?[Arthur] was not born to live a man?s life.? It was only until his last hours that he was able to live with the knowledge of who he was. He died valiantly, ?[riding] with [his] knights to defend what

was and the dream of what could be.? Realizing one?s greatness is the ultimate purpose of all human life. Arthur?s many experiences made it possible for him to reach this realization. There is great disappointment in knowing that which could have been, but never came to be. Greater tragedy, as seen in the life of Arthur, can only be found in that which finally was at the exact moment that it could no longer exist. 34b