Doctor Faustus as a Morality Play.docx - Doctor Faustus as a Morality Play Firstly we have to define the term\"morality play According to Morner\"morality

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Doctor Faustus as a Morality Play Firstly, we have to define the term "morality play". According to Morner "morality play is a type of allegory in dramatic form, popular in the later middle ages and early Renaissance. The hero, who represents all humankind, is surrounded by personifications of virtues, vices, angels, demons, and death - all the forces of good and evil, who battle for possession for the hero's soul." This definition seems to describe the genre in its most characteristic way. However, it requires some additional explanations. The morality play is really a fusion of allegory and the religious drama of the miracle plays. In this play the characters were personified abstractions of vice or virtues such as Good deeds, Faith, Mercy, Anger, Truth, Pride etc. The theme of the moralities was the struggle between the good and evil powers for capturing the man's soul and good always won. The morality play often ended with a solemn moral. In the light of these points we may call Marlowe's " Dr. Faustus " a belated

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