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What does Powell mean by "A Solution to the Boy Problem"? I propose that Powell has given his book's title a very unfortunate wording. It is not a "Boy Problem" that the Holy Grail's seeking solves but it is the problem of perception through time. Is the Holy Grail a solution to boyhood? Absolutely not! Boyhood doesn't need a solution; it simply needs a hospitable environment. The search for the Holy Grail has come to mean many things but central to Powell's idea of it is seeking to emulate the character of Christ; to cherish faithfulness and duty. Contrast the boyhood of the followers of Christ to the boyhood of Palestinian Muslims and a different pattern emerges. Instead of seeking an adventurous quest for the Holy Grail, the Palestinian youth in his play - and too often in real life - seeks to ferret out and destroy the Infidel. The solution of the Holy Grail then isn't a solution for Boys but a realization that youthfulness IS the solution and requires an environment free from the forms of Intolerance that saturate Palestinian Muslim or other cultish teachings.
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The Knights of the Holy Grail: A Solution of the Boy Problem
Perry Edwards Powell
No preview available - 2016