9/27/15

The Donald is Everyman

In the Middle Ages a man named Donald Hood 
took from the richer and gave to the poorer.

In 16th century England a type of play, known as a morality play, was performed in the village square of every town. The drama was a sermon that was acted out in public. Its purpose was to teach a moral lesson on the distinction between right and wrong.

A morality play is a type of allegory in which the protagonist is confronted by characters, who are personifications of virtues and vices. Starring roles may be hope and charity as well as pride and greed. Even things, such as money and death, may have a walk-on part.

The biggest hit at the 1500’s box office in England was a play billed as Everyman. Its author unknown, the play’s cast grappled with the moral choices of English life under regal rulers from Henry IV to Henry VIII, whose wealth, castles, string of wives, and wars with Rome dominated the moral choices confronting the kingdom’s serfs.

Now, in the 21st century the blockbuster attraction in the morality play category is a reincarnation of Everyman, starring Donald Trump in an unfolding drama, The Donald Versus The Empire. This modern day Everyman pits the protagonist against a menagerie of characters, personifications of the individual vs. the state, dependence vs. wealth, and freedom vs. serfdom. [continue reading]