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INTRODUCTION NAME OUTLINE OF PRESENTATION MOTIVATION BEHIND THE ESTABLISHMENT OF CORPUS CHRISTI PLAYS.

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1 INTRODUCTION NAME OUTLINE OF PRESENTATION MOTIVATION BEHIND THE ESTABLISHMENT OF CORPUS CHRISTI PLAYS

2 CORPUS CHRISTI PLAYS WHY DEVELOPED? Competition for influence Characterize the people represented through the play. Meaning of “Play” & “Pageant” Play: the entire cycle of the play which would encompass the entire story line. Pageant: the individual stories that would make up the entire play.

3 CORPUS CHRISTI PLAYS CON’D HOW PLAYS STARTED Episodes Cast’s relation to occupation I.E. Boat Builders-  Noah’s Ark ILLUSTRATION OF ACTUAL PLAY The Murder of Abel Noah and His Sons Abraham and Isaac

4 FRANCHISE, FREEDOM & LIBERTY (FFL) DEFINITIONS: Franchise  sector of community Freedom  the benefits offered to persons of a particular stature Liberty  a district or residential zone HOW FRANCHISE, FREEDOM & LIBERTY OPERATED.

5 FFL CON’D CONFLICT IN THE CONTEXT OF FFL Preferential treatment Competing Interests King’s failure to “draw lines of demarcation between the competing jurisdictions” (pg 81) A Flawed System

6 BEATING THE BOUNDS DISTINGUISHING MARK This was where the boundaries of each liberty were marked to distinguish between the land of other liberties. It was a protection strategy which sort of emitted the “danger signal” to other liberties. If these bounds were crossed during the procession, violent fights would ensue because; this annual ritual was seen as purifying a liberty in an effort to keep demons out.

7 THE PAVEMENT FIRST OPEN SPACE SIGNIFICANCE LINK BETWEEN PAVEMENT AND THE DAY OF JUDGMENT

8 CAIN & ABEL INTERPRETATION OF THE PLAY Conflicts Jealousy Death Parallel between play “The Murder of Abel” and the bible story “Cain and Abel”

9 KEY SYMBOLS THE PAVEMENT OFFERINGS OF TITHES (ABEL)  PROPER BLAZE (CAIN)  SMOULDERING BLAZE QUESTION: ANY OTHER SYMBOLS?

10 SYNOPSIS “STREETS AND MARKETS” The basis of the essay The Moral of the essay “THE MURDER OF ABEL” The basis of the play The Moral of the play The theme of the play

11 QUIZ What do the terms Franchise, Freedom and Liberty mean in a Medieval context? What was the Pavement, and what purpose did it initially serve? Why did Cain kill his brother Abel, and what was his punishment for doing so?

12 QUIZ CON’D Why did Cain’s sacrifice emit a smouldering blaze?

13 REFERENCES Cox, John D & David Scott Kastan, A New History of Early English Drama.Columbia University Press, NY Chichester Gassner, John, Medieval and Tudor Drama.Applause Theatre Book Publishers, NY New York 1987.


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