Everyman Essay

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Everyman and It’s Message Morality is the conformity to the rules of right conduct. People need something to go by to know what is right or wrong. The play of Everyman, a medieval morality play, addresses what one must do to lead a heaven bound life. This allegorical tale is about a man representative of mankind literally meeting his maker, God. Before his day of reckoning God sends death to tell Everyman that he will be put through final judgment. He learns that he must undergo a pilgrimage to make it into salvation and is also an account of the journey of life. The play conveys the church’s message efficiently by using the serious theme of inevitable death. Everyman teaches the audience many valuable and important moral lessons throughout the play including sharing, barrenness of the promises given by people, and to be accountable to God. This play was supposedly written by a priest being another indication that the plays intended purpose was to show and teach people the Roman Catholic perspective on morality. The Catholic religion is a very forgiving religion. The play Everyman is used as a mere tool to incline people to do good deeds telling readers that worldly possessions and pleasures cannot be taken with us to the afterlife. Reflecting the church’s views, Everyman is admitted into heaven through his good works and in receiving the sacraments of the church. The characteristic of good deeds is also a character as well as many other characteristics in Everyman such as Knowledge, Discretion, Strength, and Five Wits. With the aid of his friends Everyman was able to receive his last rites before his time has come. Even though Everyman represents just that “Every man”, he cannot be representative of every human being. He chooses to be on the straight and narrow once he finds out death is approaching him. At first Everyman offers Death goods but he refuses

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