- What is your reaction to the text you just read?
So I thought that the excerpt I read from the The Once and Future King was pretty weird. Not really something I would’ve chosen to read on my own time, but that’s not important. It was pretty surreal, reading about what the inside of an ant colony looked like from this little boy’s perspective. I thought that Merlyn was a little bit of a jerk - that is to say, it was a pretty clever way to get Wart to stop whining about how bored he is being sick in bed, but it seemed to be a little much to send a child on a whole adventure that pretty much showed him just how boring life and limited could possibly be. Also a little dangerous too. Like Merlyn could’ve very easily forgotten to give Wart the right smell and the other ants would’ve killed him right away. That’s a little messed up.
2. What connections did you make with the story? Discuss the elements of the story with which you were able to connect.
The way it was written was a little funny - like sometimes the narrative would break off a little and the writer would describe just exactly how what the ant was doing connects with the human would - which I’m guessing would be at the time around the Victorian era? Or not too long past it. Like the part where Wart described the ant dragging around the corpses. And the part where the ants had to listen to the sermons. Wart seemed have a lot of problems connecting with the ants, which makes sense, so he had words for concepts that they didn’t have at all. There was also a tiny mention of communism towards the end? After getting to that bit, it feels a little like this story was written in response to communism, and pointing to people as if to say, look at how much better off we are! Those silly communists just drone on with their lives, never knowing what they’re missing!
3. What changes would you make to adapt this story to another medium? What medium would you use? What changes would you make?
I think that this could possibly work as a comic book. A lot of words would have to be taken out, or rewritten since it’s no good to fill up a comic page with too many words. It could look good in stark black and white ink, but i could kind of see it as a weird whimsical watercolor and ink style as well.