One of the best examples of a Medieval English Morality play, Castell of Perseverance was first performed in 1405. The Medieval Morality play corresponds to the Allegory in poetic literature. The characters are personifications of moral themes or religious metaphors, and the central theme or struggle is between simple themes such as good and evil in man, or the fight between Good and Evil for mankind. The Morality plays are often not incredibly dramatic, and they are useful as examples of early European drama and the hopes and fears of society at the time rather than as compelling pieces of theatre. Castell of Perseverance includes the badgering of the Devil by the character, Vice. Like a modern vaudeville act, these characters act as a kind of comic duo who lighten up the slow-moving action and personify more human traits than the other allegorical figures in the drama. Virtue triumphs, as always, and Wisdom, Sobriety, Charity, and Obedience show the Medieval audience whose side they are meant to be on, whereas Gluttony, Folly, Pride, Voluptuousness and Avarice are all justly punished for their wanton ways. Other characters are not so abstract as these, and their themes are much more human: for example, Bad Habits, Imagination, Mankind, Good Counsel, Bad Luck, Bad-end, Colic, Dropsy, Pill, Dinner, Supper and Banquet all take the stage at some point in this pedantic drama of the follies of mankind striving for goodness and redemption in an evil world. The Morality Plays present lessons for their audience and attempt to show the way in the most transparent fashion for the largely illiterate public. As each character comes on as Colic, for example, they describe who they are and what they do in battle against Good Health, or other such characters. Perhaps not the most successful of the Medieval dramas, Castell of Perseverance remains an important piece of theatre history.