The Concept of Virtue Illustrated in The Sword in the Stone

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Justice, freedom, righteousness, when we think of these words we don't think of what makes them, no not the definition, the true meaning. Something noble and honorable, in our culture we think of doing the right thing, being virtuous. What exactly is the "right" thing. What can be considered virtuous? Human kind has struggled with these questions since the beginning of time. In fact, the Wart finds out that every species has struggled with the very same universal riddles. Our story begins with the tench. The tench live in tyranny filled society, a kind of society where the weak die young and the strong survive. This is the concept of, "power of the body decides everything; might makes right". The Wart does not take to this concept, in fact when he sees a family of fish whose matriarch "mother" is sick, he cures her. He defies the rules of the tench by doing what he believes in, what his concept of right is. He knows this...monarchy... is not in his beliefs. A noble hawk sweeps over the land, a merlin to be exact. Noble, royalty, that is their structured culture. Merlyn teaches...

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