A Comparison of Arthur Becomes King and David and Goliath
Two of the most renowned leaders of all time, King Arthur and King David, have
emerged from very humble beginnings. David and Goliath, written by Samuel, is a bible story
about a young boy defeating a huge Philistine soldier by fighting in the name of God. Arthur
Becomes King, written by T. H. White, is a story about a young squire becoming the rightful
king of England by pulling the sword from the stone. Arthur Becomes King and David and
Goliath, stories about an unlikely person turning out to be someone very special, have many
similarities and differences.
David and Goliath and Arthur Becomes King are alike in many ways. They both
take place in a wild site torn by war. Both David and Arthur are subordinate to their older
brothers. When David goes to the battlefield to consult Eliab, his oldest brother, Eliab becomes
angry with him and tells him to go home to his sheep (David watches the family's sheep). When
Sir Kay realizes that he has forgotten his sword, he refers to Arthur as a squire and orders him
to retrieve it. David and Arthur both become heroes while running an errand. David is taking
food to his brothers by order of Jesse, his father. When the brothers tell David of Goliath,
David immediately says that he will fight him. A desperate King Saul learns of this and prepares
David for battle. Arthur is trying to find a sword for Sir Kay. When they become heroes, both
David and Arthur save an entire population. By defeating Goliath, David saves all of the
Israelites from the Philistines. By coming to power, Arthur saves a kingless England. Both
stories have someone who is jealous of the rightful king. Saul tries to kill David in order to
prevent him from becoming king; Sir Kay tries to tell his father that he is the one who pulled out
the sword. Both David and Arthur stand for something. David fights in the name of God, and
Arthur has a strong belief in using Might for Right. Eventually, Both David and Arthur become
two of the most famous kings of all time.
David and Goliath and Arthur Becomes King are also different. The story of David
and Goliath has actually taken place; Arthur Becomes King is mostly fictional. David fights
and kills Goliath to become a hero, while Arthur becomes a hero by pulling the sword from the
stone. David is more determined than Arthur. David volunteers to fight Goliath despite all of the
warnings and put-downs he receives. When Sir Ector acknowledges Arthur as King, Arthur
feels so sorrowful that he bursts into tears.
David and Arthur conquer enormous odds to become heroes. Although there are many
similarities and differences in David and Goliath and Arthur Becomes King, both stories are
about an unlikely person turning out to be someone very special.