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The Frame Story

G. Ronald Murphy

in Gemstone of Paradise

Published in print August 2006 | ISBN: 9780195306392
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199785025 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195306392.003.0005
 The Frame Story

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Wolfram clearly used the text of Chrétien's doubly named Perceval, or The Story of the Grail, and he, too, wove together what are two perhaps quite different tales, the folktale of the naive young man who goes forth to seek his fortune, and the more mysterious tale of the enigmatic Grail castle and its inhabitants. Since Wolfram did follow Chrétien's story line, it is helpful to attempt to contrast the two versions in order to determine what the authorial intent of Wolfram was, especially if Wolfram's version is seen in the light of inventions of plot and gemstone symbolism found in the framing Chapters 1 and 2 and 15 and 16. This chapter examines Wolfram's vision of the Grail, contrasting it with that of Chrétien whenever appropriate and possible, and first and most of all, by examining it in the light of the Christian-pagan frame story invented by Wolfram.

Keywords: Wolfram; Grail; Perceval; Chrétien

Chapter.  8239 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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