Dating as far back as the 9th century, the path a character takes in a story to become a hero has not varied greatly. The details surrounding the character, such as his lifestyle, time period and others, deviate greatly however the underlying theme of the journey remains constant. There is always a path that is involved in making this journey, whether it may take them years or days, they complete it in some way. One extreme yet similar example of this is King Arthur and Luke Skywalker. The time period in which each lived differs vastly, but their guide in life, the mentor, similar humble beginnings, and their unique way of acquiring an heirloom all prove to be quite similar.
Aiding Arthur was a trustworthy and wise person who had been of help even for his father. His presence was greatly appreciated and respected and for that he was the advisor through the reigns of Pendragon, Uther and Arthur. "Merlin became chief advisor, and often assisted the king by his magical arts." In Skywalker's life, he too had a mentor, Obi-Wan Kenobi, who worked with his father, Anikin Skywalker. Obi-Wan taught and trained Skywalker as did Merlin to Arthur. The guidance each of these mentors provides will help both in obtaining the goal the want to achieve. Both mentors also end up leaving their pupil to fight their destiny alone. As both Arthur and Skywalker were alone in the end, they were also alone in the beginning of their lives. .
They began their lives unaware of the destiny they were about to fulfill. Arthur grew up alone after his father died when he was 15 and was the squire to Sir Kay. "Arthur, who was at that time serving in the capacity of a squire to his foster-brother, Sir Kay- Skywalker grew up without a father entirely and was raised by his aunt and uncle as a farmer. Both were unaware that people so ordinary as they were could rule a kingdom or save the galaxy. Yet through their journeys, they both begin to realize that they are not as ordinary as the once thought.