The Role Of Death In The Play Everyman

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The English play “ Everyman ” uses its main characters to represent what Everyman holds onto and values during his life. When man is called by Death, Everyman realizes that he is not ready to face death, and does not want to die alone. However, Everyman seeks to find someone to go with him on his journey to give account of his life to God. Everyman realizes that all of those who joined him on earth will soon abandon him once he faces God.

In the Play “Everyman” , the author’s understanding of death and the treatment of death is the messenger from God. The thought is that no human can avoid the appointment of Death, and that Death is sent from God to spread His message. Everyman try to persuade Death to get his time extend but, Death
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“The characters in the morality play were personifications of good and evil usually involved in a struggle for a man’s soul” (Morality Play, 2014). Death is a messenger sent by God to call Everyman. God is mans Maker, Holy and Just. To set the scene of the play God speaks about his death on the cross to give people life, He mentions the seven deadly sins, He states that people live in their own pleasures, and how many people have forgotten and neglected God. God gives Death a charge to show Everyman who is outside of the law of God that they must come to him without escape or delay; this will be the day of reckoning for all. Death makes his journey to Everyman, and questioned him about why has he neglected God, “Everyman, stand still! Whither art thou going thus gaily? Hast thou thy Maker forgotten?”(Anonymous). Death distributes the bad news that his day of disaster for his sins has come and he must give account to God.

THESIS: In Everyman , the author uses symbolic characters and events in order to portray his perception of death in this allegory and mortality
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Confession offers Everyman a penance if he repents his sins. Everyman seeks forgiveness from God in the presence of Confession. This way, he punishes himself with a scourge. After this, Confession proclaims that Everyman is forgiven of his sins, and consequently, Good Deeds becomes comfortable and strong enough to accompany Everyman on his journey. Finally, Everyman gets into his grave and Good Deeds is the only one who accompanies him to eternity. This shows that all other qualities of the person fade out, except for his good deeds. Everyman also fears Death so much that he repents his sins so that when he goes to give an account of his life, God will have forgiven

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