The contrast belongs to a kind of popular literature very
diffused in the Medieval Europe. A moralizer character, he was
expressing in that epoch the deep disagreement the Catholicism
had provoked between the spirit and the meat. In the Renaissance
this kind of transformation was made. The admonitions to the
observance of the Lent, or rather of the fast, and the
abstention of the carnival, or rather of the cheerful life, they
were abandoned and the contrast assumed the function to take of
aim and cover of ridiculous the Lent and excite the liking of
the audience in favor of the cheerful opponent of it, carnival.
The theatrical Hybris association has reelaborated it completely
in key post-technological mole-primitivista.