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14,220 words, approx. 48 pages
FOREWORD The Parsifal of Richard Wagner was not only the last and loftiest work of his genius, but it is also one of the few great dramas of modern times,—a drama which unfolds striking and...
Essays & Analysis
Critical Essay by Northrop Frye
6,493 words, approx. 22 pages
In the following essay, Frye surveys the literary and mythological sources of Wagner's opera Parsifal, and associates the work's theme and music with the concepts of Arthur Schopenhauer&...
Critical Essay by Theodore Ziolkowski
8,998 words, approx. 30 pages
In the following essay, Ziolkowski provides background to Wagner's opera Parsifal and makes a thematic analysis of its libretto, while noting the “racist, sexist, and elitist” ass...
Critical Essay by John M. McGlathery
16,335 words, approx. 55 pages
In the following excerpt, McGlathery formulates a detailed explication of Wagner's final opera Parsifal with an emphasis on the work's representation of Parsifal's “triumph...
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