Death: a Literary Research Into the Character

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Thesis statement: In the play Everyman the author presents death as one of the Lord's messengers, his message is that the time for accountability has come. This is in contrast to many other contemporary plays and literary works. Introduction: In the play Everyman the author presents death as one of the Lord's messengers which is in contrast to many other contemporary plays and literary works. The author’s physical picture of death also varies from other contemporary works. A. Physical picture of death 1. Physical picture of death in the play Everyman 2. Physical picture of death in other contemporary works B. Perception of death 1. Perception of death in the play Everyman 2. Perception of death in other contemporary works Conclusion: Both the physical picture of death and the perception of death are much different in the 15th century play Everyman then in the other similar morality plays. In the play Everyman the author presents death as one of the Lord's messengers which is in contrast to many other contemporary plays and literary works. The author’s physical picture of Death also varies from other contemporary works. Many people have their own idea of the physical appearance of Death through portrayals in different media. They also have a wide range of perceptions of Death that can run from scary to extremely funny. The physical description of the character of death varies greatly through different time periods and also different cultures. In the play Everyman the author does not pen down his own description of Death but leaves it to the reader to have their own interpretation. Since Death in the play Everyman is a messenger from God and does not institute fear into the character of Everyman then it can be assumed that the physical appearance of Death is one of normality. In contrast, in the play Revelation the physical appearance of death is
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