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The Grail in the Inner 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/10.1093/0195306392.003.0007
 The Grail in the Inner Story

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This chapter argues that Wolfram modifies Chrétien's story in accordance with his interpretation of this journey and of the nature of its goal, the Holy Grail. It is impossible to detail every change he makes, nor would it be desirable to attempt to do so in the case of an author who constantly attempts to connect everything to everything. However, it is useful to see if the poet's conception of the holy Grail stone is present by its effects, as it should be, as Wolfram transforms the tale. As in the case of most quests, what is sought is already there. It is just that the seeker, a homo viator, slowly wise, takes a while to realize it.

Keywords: Grail; Wolfram; Chretien; Parzival

Chapter.  17754 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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