Morality Plays the Origin of English Drama the Predecessors of the Drama

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Morality Plays

  • Introduction
  • Mystery plays,
  • Miracle plays,
  • Morality plays and
  • The Interludes
Morality Plays

0 - 35 Morality Plays – End of 14th Century Along

  • 0 - 55 with allegorical poetry - Virtuous as characters
  • 1 - 52 Faith, Truth, Charity, Good deeds, Justice, Morey vs. Falsehood, Covetousness, Gluttony (as antagonists)
  • 3 - 15 β€³ allegorical stories where characters battle for the control of the soul
  • β€³ Development of characterization
  • 3 - 47 About moral behavior
0 - 35 Morality Plays – End of 14th Century Along

3 - 52 Irony: Not Always About Morality

3 - 52 Irony: Not Always About Morality

4 - 57 Everyman – 1490

  • 5 - 31 Contest between virtues and vices
  • 5 - 45 Everyman has to find a companion to go with him to God when Death comes
4 - 57 Everyman – 1490
  • Personified diabolic forces at the Seven Deadly Sins but who may choose redemption and enlist the aid of such figures as the Four Daughters of God (Mercy, Justice, Temperance, and Truth) .
  • The most famous of the French morality plays is
  • Nicolas de la Chesnaye՚s Condemnation des banquets (1507) which argues for moderation by showing the bad end that awaits a company of unrepentant revelers, including Gluttony and Watering Mouth.
  • Among the oldest of morality plays surviving in English is The Castle of Perseverance (c. 1425) ,
  • Of all morality plays, the one that is considered the greatest, and that is still performed, is



1. The Morality plays deal with

A. the stories of the life of saints, their biography

B. Biblical themes

C. Heaven and Hell

D. Allegorical characters

2. How is Everyman described on the front page?

A. A Morality Play

B. A Long Play

C. A Treatise

D. A Pamphlet

3. The characters such as falsehood, covetousness, and gluttony are appeared in the ________ plays

A. Morality

B. Mystery

C. Interludes

D. None of the above

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