Morality Play Study Guides

  • Morality Play

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  • Everyman: Morality Play

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    Everyman is a morality play written in the 15th-century that presents an allegory for Christian morality and salvation. The author is unknown. The play follows the story of Everyman, who attempts to convince others to come with him on a path of righteousness so that they might be seen favorably in the eyes of God, who will weigh their sins against their good deeds after death. Everyman attempts to convince characters who symbolize ideals like knowledge and material possessions, but is ultimately left alone on his spiritual journey.

  • Mankind: Medieval Morality Plays

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    Mankind is a 15th-century English morality play by an unknown author. The play is an allegory for Christian morality and redemption. Mercy coaches Mankind on how to live a good life but soon Mischief and his cronies, New Guise, Nowadays and Nought, try to tempt and coerce him to the dark side. Only after the devil Titivillus tells him that Mercy is dead does he give up and join the gang. When Mercy returns, Mankind asks for forgiveness and is redeemed of his sin.