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Title: MORALITY PLAYS


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MORALITY PLAYS
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What is Morality Play?
  • A morality play is an allegorical play popular
    especially in the 15th and 16th centuries in
    which the characters personify abstract qualities
    or concepts (as virtues, vices, or death)

3
Morality Plays
Only five medieval English morality plays still
survive 1. The Pride of Life (a corrupted
Anglo-Irish text) 2. The Castle of
Perseverance 3. Wisdom 4. Mankind 5. Everyman
(translated from a Dutch original.) These are
all that are left of an influential dramatic
genre. The understanding of style has been
developed based upon the influence these plays
had on surviving literature and art
4
Morality Plays
  • An attempt to educate via entertainment
  • Dominican and Franciscan monks developed the
    morality play
  • in the 13th century by adding actors and
    theatrical
  • elements to their sermons.
  • They hoped the (mainly illiterate) masses
    could more easily
  • learn the basics of Christianity through
    dramatic spoken word.
  • The plays made complex topics such as original
    sin and
  • atonement more easily understood.
  • By personifying Vices, Virtues, the Devil and
    the
  • Good Angel, stories of temptation were made
    accessible
  • to those who were unable to read.

5
Morality Plays
  • The main theme of the morality play is
  • this
  • Man begins in innocence
  • Man falls into temptation
  • Man repents and is saved.
  • The central action is the struggle of Man
    against the seven deadly
  • sins that are personified into real characters
  • The allegorical application of theatre to
    Christianity
  • was intended to help the audience understand
    sin and virtue

6
Seven Deadly Sins
  • Pride - I am so awesome, no ones better than
    me.
  • Envy I want what they have.
  • Lust wanting someone physically.
  • Greed wanting material things.
  • Anger being negative or furious at unnecessary
    things.
  • Sloth - laziness
  • Gluttony consume more than that which one
    requires

7
Seven Heavenly Virtues
  • Humility - modesty
  • Kindness being nice to others
  • Chastity- Purity
  • Charity Generosity
  • Patience believing that if you do good things,
    good things will happen.
  • Diligence Hard working
  • Temperance abstain, get what is needed not what
    you desire.

8
Your Morality Play
  1. Create 4 characters, a Main Character who is
    considered Everyman, one who is the
    personification of a Vice, one who is a
    personification of a Virtue and another person
    that the Everyman character wrongs, the Angel.
  2. Create a scenario that involves Everyman
    succumbing to the Vice and hurting someone else.
  3. Solve the conflict so that Everyman is forgiven.
  4. Write your play.
  5. Make sure each character has at least 8 lines.
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