William Shakespeare 's Morality Play Essay

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Throughout medieval times, many religions taught their beliefs and ideals by means of putting on plays for the commoners, who often could not understand the languages in which their beliefs were taught in churches and religious settings. Two distinct plays emerged over the medieval time in which religious beliefs were on display in some form for the common people: morality plays and mystery plays. A morality play is a didactic, religious, allegorical play that is not explicitly in regards to a biblical story, but rather tells the audience how they should act and how they should think; a morality play is sponsored by a church or religious group. Everyman is a morality play that emerged in the medieval time period, while The Second Shepherd’s Play is a mystery play that existed in the same time period. A mystery play is one that tells a biblical story, but is not a religious mystery; in contrast, a mystery play is not sponsored by a church or religious group. A mystery play is sponsored by the community and is in a language that the common people know and understand. When considering which of the two plays is more successful at teaching the Christian doctrine, I would argue that both Everyman and The Second Shepherd’s Play both successfully teach the Christian doctrine; while both plays have different religious aspects and uses of biblical themes and biblical stories, each of the plays are successful in teaching the Christian doctrine. However, The Second Shepherd’s Play is
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