Everyman Essay

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Thesis Statement “The Summoning of Everyman” is cautionary tale that deals with the fundamental truths concerning life and death. The characters symbolize the carnal desires and principals of Everyman which falls short to include things of a spiritual nature. Everyman is confronted with the finality of death and is found unprepared to answer. Everyman, still functioning in his own fleshly desires, resorts to coercion in hopes to manipulate the outcome to no avail. Outline: I. Introduction II. Characters III. Author’s Perception of Death IV. Conclusion i. Introduction “Everyman” is an English morality play and the author is unknown. This play first appeared in England in the 16th century. It is known to be early medieval play connected with church drama. The morality play “Everyman” is about a man who is content with his life when Death summons and tells him about his end. The author used symbolic names for characters to emphasize the moral of the play. “The characters in an allegory often have no individual personality, but are embodiments of moral qualities and other abstractions” (Allegory, 2010) ii. Summary of Allegorical Characters The anonymous author of the play “Everyman” has grippingly named the main character Everyman to symbolize a typical human being. “The characters in the morality play were personifications of good and evil usually involved in a struggle for a man’s soul” (Morality Play, 2010). Death is a messenger sent by God to summon Everyman. God is our Maker, Holy and Just. In the beginning of the play God speaks about his death on the cross to give people life, mentions the seven deadly sins, He states that people live for their own pleasures, and how some have forgotten and neglected Him. God then commands Death to show Everyman who is outside of the law of God what must come to him without escape or delay, the

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