The Second Shepherd’s Play

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Mary Character Analysis

Mary is the mother of Christ. Like the Angel, Mary reveals the significance of Christ’s birth to the shepherds. She tells Coll, Gyb, and Daw that they are redeemed and urges them to tell others about what they’ve experienced in Bethlehem. Mary is the most overly pedagogical character in the play, as she reinforces the play’s purpose of teaching religious lessons to a lay audience.

Mary Quotes in The Second Shepherd’s Play

The The Second Shepherd’s Play quotes below are all either spoken by Mary or refer to Mary. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Earthly vs. Spiritual Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Branden Books edition of The Second Shepherd’s Play published in 2011.
Scene 6 Quotes

Hie we thither right merry / If we be wet and weary / Still, we’ll find the child and lady, / We cannot lose.

Related Characters: Daw (speaker), Coll, Gyb, Christ, Mary
Page Number: 6.182-185
Explanation and Analysis:
Scene 7 Quotes

And now he is born. / To keep you from woe / I shall pray him so, / Tell it forth, as ye go, / And mind on this morn!

Related Characters: Mary (speaker), Coll, Gyb, Daw, Christ
Page Number: 7.32-36
Explanation and Analysis:
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Mary Character Timeline in The Second Shepherd’s Play

The timeline below shows where the character Mary appears in The Second Shepherd’s Play. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Scene 7
Earthly vs. Spiritual Theme Icon
Christian Charity Theme Icon
...journey, Scene VII opens with Coll, Gyb, and Daw at the stable in Bethlehem with Mary and Christ. Each of the three shepherds prepare to present Christ with a gift. (full context)
Earthly vs. Spiritual Theme Icon
Christian Charity Theme Icon
Suffering and Redemption Theme Icon
Mary explains the significance of Christ’s birth, declaring that the Christ child is the Son of... (full context)