Der Parzival-Prolog als literarische Ausnahme
Dyer, Melissa ann
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The purpose of this thesis is to compare and contrast the prologue of Parzival by Wolfram von Eschenbach to the traditional model of a medieval prologue. An explanation of the structure and functions of a prologue and the nature of its language reveals how influential and important the prologue is for the entire work. It should not only introduce the story but also help the audience to understand and interpret it. By carefully analysing content, structure, language, problems and questionability, it becomes evident that the Parzival-prologue fails to fullfill its traditional duties. Instead of providing the audience with guidance and clarification the prologue, namely Wolfram, leaves them utterly confused.