Analysis Of The Play Of Adam And Eve And The Fall Of Man Essay

996 Words Nov 3rd, 2016 4 Pages
“The Play of Adam”, also called “Jeu d’Adam” in French and “Ordo representacionis” in Latin, is a 12th century non-liturgical drama, that is written in an Anglo-Norman French vernacular. It can be divided into three different parts: the first part deals with the creation of Adam and Eve and the Fall of Man, the second part tells the story of Cain and Abel and the last part is a presentation of the Old Testament’s prophets. This essay’s focus will be set on the first part of the play and how the architectural characteristics of Canterbury Cathedral can be used to arrange it. An important aspect regarding the performing space is, that the Play of Adam is the first play that is supposed to be performed outside, which means in front of the church. In the instruction, it is said that “constitatur paradisus loco eminentiori” . Paradise should be set in a special, prominent place. Steven Justice states in his article “The Authority of Ritual in the Play of Adam”: “An almost universal scholarly consensus puts the Adam 's performance outside the church, before the doors.” Regarding Canterbury Cathedral one might assume that the most suitable place for the play might be in front of the front door at the eastern side. Although this is a legitimate thought, I want to show in the following paragraphs that the gardens at the northern side are the most suitable setting for this play within the area around the Cathedral. Images to illustrate the characteristics of this place can be found…

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