The Fisher King Essay

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In the movie The Fisher King, Parry tells Jack a story about a fool who saved the Fisher king by giving him a drink of water from the Holy Grail. The fool paid no attention to the cup he found for the dying man, he just knew that the man was thirsty. This is just one of many Arthurian legends of the knight Percival. Like Parry, Percival is naive and often acts in ways that are strange and at times inappropriate to other people; However, also like Parry, Percival has a good and innocent heart. That is why the Holy Grail allowed him to give the dying Fisher King a drink, because he didn't seek to use it for his own gain. In the movie The Fisher King, Jack wanted to help Parry because he ...view middle of the document...

During the Medieval period the prominence of the Roman Catholic Church was wide spread; many at this time believed in holy relics, and they were greatly desired for their power. Because of their fame during the period, it really comes as no surprise that Holy relics, in particularly the Holy Grail, permeate much of medieval literature.
A particularly interesting aspect of The film The Fisher King is the relationship between Jack and Parry. Their interaction begins when Parry rescues Jack from two men who assault him and attempt to set him on fire. After saving him Parry tries to convince Jack to help him steal the Holy Grail from a wealthy man. Jack at first simply thinks that Parry is crazy and wants nothing to do with him, later however he learns that Parry's wife was killed in front of him by Edwin, a man that open fired at a bar after speaking to Jack on the radio. In a way Jack begins to believe that helping Parry is a way to show penance, so that he can gain back his old life without guilt. He at first he tries to give Parry money, and then he begins a quest to help Parry get a...

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