The Dramatic Function of the Ministry Group in the Towneley Cycle


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The group of pageants in each Corpus Christi play that may be collectively referred to as Christ's ministry has received little critical attention, possibly because these pageants appear to be non-essential to the tri-partite structure said to frame the history of Christian salvation which the plays as a whole dramatize. Such a structure has its beginning in the creation, its climax in Christ's passion, and its conclusion in the last judgment. l The structural insignificance of the ministry relative to these momentous episodes is paralleled by its lack of intrinsic dramatic interest as compared, for example, to that found in the shepherds or passion episodes.

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