Everyman And Medieval Miracle Plays Analysis

Everyman And Medieval Miracle Plays Analysis

An overview of the different myths of a ‘Great Flood’ in different ancient cultures.

… to build an ark to save his family and other living creatures. Thus, in the Greek myth, life is resurrected by Themis asking Deucalion and Pyrrha to: “go forth and cast the bones of their great mother over their shoulders behind them” (Apollodorus, The Library, 1.7.2).

The medieval play “The Chester’s play of Noah’s Flood,” follows the biblical story throughout but departs from the tale in introducing the pivotal character of Noah’s wife, a bad tempered woman, who thinks her friends are more important than her family. She would rather stay with her gossips than …

… Noah representing Adam and Noah’s wife, Eve. The play also introduces ‘power play’ between Noah and his wife highlighting the change in the position of women between Biblical and medieval times (Medieval Plays, Fu Jen University Web site).

It is worth noting that almost all the flood myths end with the promise of life on Earth continuing, regenerated and rejuvenated after the destruction of evil and the appeasement of God by the survivors. It is also interesting that similar prophecies of destruction of life on Earth caused by the spreading of too much corruption continue till today among all …

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