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This critical examination of "Mankind" seeks to lay to rest the contention that the play is obscene and crude. The evidence presented in the critical introduction, the body of the play itself, and the opinions of current scholars demonstrate that "Mankind", more than any other medieval drama, is a link to the Renaissance drama immediately following. With its intricate, well-developed metrical scheme, and moral and philosophical themes, it represents an artistic achievement beyond that found in the typical drama of the Middle Ages. The authors of this book offer the opinion that the play's occasional humour as well as its high seriousness provide a happy combination of both wit and morality.
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