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The Presence of Percival Employing a multitude of memories reflections and ultimate confessions from Lancelot Lamar the author uses Percival as a tool to illustrate the heros fall from grace as a result of societys aberration Although the priest-psychologist merely stands by the window 1 for a majority of the monologue Lancelots verbalization is a direct result of Percivals presence One might argue that Lancelot would tell his story regardless of Percy but without his proximity and persistence the reader would have no one with whom to identify Initially Percival seems to have a distinct function in Walker Percys Lancelot It is assumed that the priest and Lance will engage in continuing dialogue however this presumption is drastically altered Few specific details are learned of Percival yet this does not lessen his overall impact The reader is aware of the history between the two verified by the main characters line Its been years and youve changed a great deal but I know you all right 3 Is it completely necessary to know every character Certainly it is not What we do not know about Percival merely adds the element of mystique The actual kinship between the Lancelot and the priest is one of constant compliment to the others words For example at one point Lance senses that something is bothering his friend The protagonist inquires Are you in love 5 This insight illustrates the bond the two share and how it presently appears to be closer than ever Lancelot asks the question because he does not clearly understand love himself His sense of loving someone has been entirely distorted and corrupted by his society Lamar does not exclusively present the argument of love in fact Percival questions his friend to the same extent Lance replies Why are you always asking me about love Have you been crossed up too 129 The dominant conversationalist is a position that bounces back and
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