The Neverending Story-Turning Points

Topics: The Neverending Story, Michael Ende, Ralph Manheim Pages: 3 (1010 words) Published: May 9, 2013
May 2, 2013

There are many important life lessons displayed in THE NEVERENDING STORY. There are battles between good and evil and wishes that can change everything. There are two events in THE NEVERENDING STORY that have much more importance than the rest- these two events are The Battle of the Ivory Tower, and when Bastian visits The City of Old Emperors.

The Battle of the Ivory Tower starts when Xayide convinces Bastian that Atreyu and Falkor are trying to steal AURYN from him by giving him the belt Ghemmal so that he can listen in to a conversation where Atreyu and Falkor are discussing taking the AURYN from Bastian to protect him. When Bastian hears of this, he is outraged and tells Atreyu and Falkor “Just go away, the farther the better, and never let me lay eyes on you again. I banish you forever. I have never known you“(Ende 360). Bastian is so full of himself that he banishes what used to be his only friends (in Fantastica) and tells them to never see him again. He later decides (with help from the input of Xayide) to crown himself Emperor of Fantastica. Atreyu creates what seems like a rebellion against Bastian which leads to an epic battle (The Battle of the Ivory Tower). During the battle a very important fight happens between Bastian and Atreyu with the sword Sikanda. Bastian was first given the sword Sikanda by Grograman, the Many Colored Death. When Grograman gives Sikanda to Bastian, he tells him “You must not use it by force. Whatever may threaten you, you may wield it only if it leaps into your hand by its own accord.”(Ende 233). He also tells him “If your will makes you draw it from its sheath, you will bring great misfortune to yourself and on Fantastica.”(Ende 233). Grograman is warning Bastian that Sikanda is not to be used unless it jumps to his hand, and if it is used without it leaping into his hands- bad things will happen. When Bastian is fighting with Atreyu he tries to draw the sword but...
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