What symbolic elements in the quest for the Holy Grail appear in the novel, and what purpose do they serve?

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In the Arthurian legend, the knights' quest for the Holy Grail was means to preserve and protect Christendom, the Holy Land, and its king.  According to the mythology, a country bumpkin Sir Percival had a chance to heal the Fisher King and his kingdom, the Wasteland, with the redemptive powers of the Holy Grail.  But, Percival remained silent as the Fisher King passed, refusing to intercede out of fear and weaknes.

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