21st Century Morality Play*

May 20, 2007

I viewed Spiderman 3 this week. Once again the classic struggle between good and evil is portrayed in this fantasy-fiction genre. The sin of pride rears its ugly head, while a repentant contrite spirit ultimately triumphs.

*Morality plays are a type of theatrical allegory in which the protagonist is met by personifications of various moral attributes who try to prompt him to choose a godly life over one of evil. The plays were most popular in Europe during the 15th and 16th century. Having grown out of the religiously based mystery plays of the Middle Ages, they represented a shift towards a more secular base for European theatre.

Most morality plays have a protagonist who represents either humanity as a whole (Everyman) or an entire social class (as in Magnificence). Antagonists and supporting characters are not individuals per se, but rather personifications of abstract virtues or vices, especially the Seven deadly sins. — Wikipedia

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2 Responses to “21st Century Morality Play*”

  1. Gertrude Farmsby said

    Are you my old professor?

  2. rev fr lw gonzales said

    Gerdie! I remember you! And yes, “old” is the operative word.

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