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The Idea of a Person in Medieval Morality Plays


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In 1914, W. Roy Mackenzie explained that "A Morality is a play, allegorical in structure, which has for its main object the teaching of some lesson for the guidance of life, and in which the principal characters are personified abstractions or highly universalized types."1 By the large critics of medieval morality plays have continued to work within the limitations of Mackenzie's description, refining our understanding of the object of the lesson, and of the concepts "allegory," "personified abstraction," and "universalized type." There has been no substantial change in our understanding of these plays.

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