Essay on Everyman as a Morality Play

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The later Middle Ages brought upon a rapid growth in the native drama, a preparation for the Great Age of Elizabeth; The ancient classical drama was not so popular and the only traces of it could be found in the mimes or the professional strolling players to be found throughout the Middle Ages in all parts of Europe. The church played a major role in the growth of the Drama, it was however ironic that the Drama was earlier being banned by the Church because at that time Drama was common among the Pagans. It was earlier performed at great festivals, a crude survival of pagan ritual, developed into more elaborate amusements with simple dramatizations of the feat of such heroes as Robin Hood and St George. This however brought a change in the …show more content…
The Characters in this play are simple but effectively portrayed, and the play does not lack a noble pathetic quality.

Everyman is somewhat different from other Morality Plays although the main features of these style of plays portrays the battle between virtue and vice there was however no such battle in the play. The origins of this play were obscure but it was believed that it resembled the Dutch play Elckerlyc (Everyman) first printed in 1495.

Everyman was no doubt a popular play that was hitherto performed nowadays in theatres. It displays the predicaments of the character Everyman and the development of his character as the play progresses. It was an impressive play in a sense that it has the classical simplicity of action, by the concreteness of the allegorical and that it was also a rough attempt to excite terror and pity. Above all the redemption of Everyman at the end brought out the moral aim of the play.

The Play starts with the Messenger as he addresses the audience; the dialogue somehow generalizes the character of Everyman, so that the audience could identify themselves through his character. And also a Discourse by God upon the materialistic pursuit of the world, this already sets the tone of the play as the audiences are already reprimanded on the dangers of the materialistic world. Everyman also echoes the moral story of friendship, of isolation, of patience and of God’s abundant Grace on his people. Everyman was portrayed as a

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