Chapter

The Frame Story Ending

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/10.1093/0195306392.003.0006
 The Frame Story Ending

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This chapter focuses on the ending of the story of Parzival. It shows that helmets, when they work effectively and because they work effectively, enable violent fighting to occur because they make personal recognition of kinship impossible. In book 14 of Parzival, Wolfram brings the heroes of the two strands of the inner Grail story (from books 3 to 14) together, Gawan and Parzival. The two relatives and fellow knights of the Round Table meet each other in a fight like no fight in the story, with their helmets on. Parzival's experience in this penultimate fighting contest is one of realization; he becomes aware of the helmet's unexpected relationship to blindness.

Keywords: Grail; Wolfram; Parzival; helmets

Chapter.  9924 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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