Pharaoh by Jackie French
Although he was no longer Prince, Narmer always thought like one when it came to Thinis. “He suddenly imagined what Thinis could do with canals like these, to take water from the river into the drylands, beyond the reach of the flood. ”(Pg 157) Secondly, Narmer showed leadership skills when he arrived back to Thinis from Sumer. Narmer was so shocked to see his town destroyed and took command and lead an army to help Thinis attack Yebu. “The Golden One has saved us! He moved the River! Even the River obeys the Golden One! ” (Pg 232)
When Narmer was attacked by the crocodile, he forfeits his position as heir because the King asked him and Narmer couldn’t lead an army. Narmer was a threat to Hawk because people would always see Narmer as King only if he was around. Thinis needed a King that people could trust so if Narmer tells anyone about Hawk they won’t believe him. Narmer kept quiet about this. “Thinis needs to trust its King. So I will be loyal. ” (Pg 67) Throughout the story, Narmer also showed courage. Narmer shows courage when he convinces the Trader to help the Queen of Punt. “Who do you think would take a risk like that?
No one spoke. Then Narmer said, ‘A man who faced an afreet and came away. Who conquered the desert and its storms. Who took a crippled boy and girl and let them live. A man like that would have the courage, I think. ’” (Pg 123) Even though Narmer knows there are risks in helping the Queen, he realises that it is the right thing to do. Next, Narmer takes a risk when he had the courage to face the People of the Sand. If the trade went wrong then they would have been killed but Narmer was very heroic while he was making his trade. “Narmer held up his hand. Then slowly, very slowly, he lifted up his kilt.
His scars glared red and purple in the desert light. The strangers gasped. How could have anyone survived a wound like this? Narmer lowered his kilt and pointed at the liniment, then at the Trader. ” (Pg 92) Lastly, Narmer was very brave and courageous when he was trying to escape from the crocodile. Narmer even had the courage to poke the crocodile with his very own hands. “This time he lashed out, twisted himself, trying to get his fingers into the beast’s eye. The crocodile seemed lashed out. ” (Pg 54) During the novel, Narmer was very loyal to his town and his town’s people.
When Narmer spoke to the Oracle, all of the questions were about Thinis. “That was the first question he’d ask the Oracle tomorrow, he decided: when would the People of the Sand attack? And was there any way to arrange a truce with them, as his father had done by arranging a marriage between Narmer and the Princess of Yebu? ” (Pg 10) Narmer put his need to help Thinis before his need to find out about what lay ahead for him. Narmer was loyal to his people as shown by how he treated his men before attacking Yebu. He thinks about others before himself. The men spread out, looking for logs to sit on in the dampness, pulling out their pouches of food. Narmer went from one group to another checking all had enough to eat and a place to sit. ” (Pg 218) Finally, Narmer was loyal to the King because he listened to his father’s commands even though he was the Prince. “Narmer flushed. To be sent to his room, like a child! But he simply nodded. He walked along the colonnades to his room, trying to keep his dignity. And there he stayed. ” (Pg 40) Overall, Narmer did portray the qualities of a true King. He showed courage, loyalty and leadership.