"The King Must Die"
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This paper explains that the book, "The King Must Die", is a richly detailed fantasy novel about a young man who earns his right to be king as he lives through many daring deeds and exciting adventures. It is also a look back at ancient societies and how they functioned and at one young man's quest to find himself as he struggles to lead his people.
From the Paper:"The king in the "King Must Die" has to die because he is destined to die; it is his "moira." The king knows this from the first, and accepts this as part of his rule, and his fate. Renault writes, "When the King was dedicated, he knew his moira. In three years, or seven, or nine, or whenever the custom was, his term would end the god would call him. And he went consenting, ore else he was no king, and power would not fall him to lead the people" (Renault 16). Essentially, the king is "nearest to God" (Renault 17), and so is the one chosen to sacrifice everything for his people when it is necessary. In addition, Theseus' society was based on female leadership (a matriarchal society), and the king was not deemed as important as the queen in leadership was, and so, the king was more easily sacrificed than the queen."
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