morality play definition

  • noun:
    • A drama within the fifteenth and 16th hundreds of years using allegorical characters to portray the heart's battle to achieve salvation.
    • some thing viewed as displaying a struggle between great and wicked and offering a moral concept.
    • a form of allegorical crisis to the end of the dark ages that shows a moral motif eg a character's inner find it difficult to attain ethical enlightenment or salvation
    • an allegorical play popular when you look at the 15th and 16th centuries; characters personified virtues and vices

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