Everyman Analysis

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Ulysses S. Grant once said, “The friend in my adversity I shall always cherish most. I can better trust those who helped to relieve the gloom of my dark hours than those who are so ready to enjoy with me the sunshine of my prosperity.” In the Morality play “Everyman”, the topic of true friendship is examined. In the play, Everyman is confronted by Death who informs him that he must make his journey to make “a reckoning” with God. Unwilling to embark on this journey alone, Everyman solicits company from a number of different characters. While his friends offer to help at first, none of them follow through in the end. By examining the relationship between Everyman and Fellowship, one will discover the importance of having true friends. After his confrontation with Death, Everyman states “I no manner of company to help me in my journey, and me to keep” (pp 41). From this statement, it is apparent that the first thing man tends to do when in distress is to seek help from friends. Everyman is distressed from the instruction from Death to embark on a journey to make a reckoning with God and reasons that the journey will be more bearable if he is accompanied by a friend. The first thing Everyman thinks of to accompany him is Fellowship. Everyman states, “We have in the world so many a day be on good friends in sport and play... certainly; I trust that he will bear me company.” In his mind, Everyman reasons that Fellowship will truly come to his aid since they have had many good days as friends in sport and in play. This is a major error Everyman has made in developing true friends. Everyman makes the common mistake in assuming that a true friend is one in which he has had many good days in sport and play. When only spending time with friends in good and happy times, it is easy to assume that they are your true friends. However,
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