The theme of destiny or fate is most important in understanding
the novel. The characters are like figures on a chess board, constantly
being manipulated by the gods. Merlin is a great enchanter, but he is
powerless to stop the will of the gods. For example, when he falls in
love with Keri, the young nun, he feels as if he is dying, smothering
to death, when she begins to kiss and caress him. He is forced to push
her away from him and come to the realization he is not meant for love.
His visions come when he least expects them and often he passes out from
the stress they evoke. Then, he is........
The theme of duty and loyalty is seen in many characters and
many events. First, Merlin is ever loyal to the god who controls him.
He always follows through with every step on this journey. Ambrosius is
ever loyal to his country and returns to save it from Vortigern and the
Saxons. Gorlois is loyal to........
One other element that is evident is the sense of irony that at times
runs through the book. For example, it is ironic that Merlin's name means
Prince of Light, but he is always referred to as the Prince of Darkness.
It is ironic that Gorlois chooses to come out of Dimiliac and fight Uther's
troops. If he had just..........
The vocabulary is another interesting element. Stewart tells us in her
Author's Note that she has incorporated many languages to name...........
The various nationalities - Romans, Bretons, Welsh, Britains,
Irish, Saxons, and Germans - are also another element to understanding
the novel. All these peoples were in ..........
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