2017-07-17 02:52:34 UTC
When Shakespeare first arrived in London in the late 1570s or early
1580s, dramatists writing for London's new commercial playhouses (such as
The Curtain) were combining two different strands of dramatic tradition into
a new and distinctively Elizabethan synthesis. Previously, the most common
forms of popular English theatre were the Tudor morality plays. These
plays, celebrating piety generally, use personified moral attributes to urge
or instruct the protagonist to choose the virtuous life over Evil. The
characters and plot situations are largely symbolic rather than realistic.
As a child, Shakespeare would likely have seen this type of play (along
with, perhaps, mystery plays and miracle plays).