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7 “Have here a Drink full good”: A Comparative Analysis of Staging Temptation in the Newcastle Noah Play

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The surviving fragment of the Newcastle Flood play unusually shows Mrs Noah being tempted by Satan to disrupt the building of the ark. This essay examines other instances of female temptation by Satan within the extant Corpus Christi plays in order to establish the dramatic principles behind their effectiveness. It concludes that the compilers of the dramatic scenes readily departed from biblical antecedents in constructing the pageants. One reason for this is that they recognised the dramatic potential in staging temptation and were therefore keen to fully exploit the material. This led to accretions to the biblical material, such as the inclusion of Satan in the Flood drama at Newcastle.



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