Perception and Treatment of Death in Everyman

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Perception and Treatment of Death in Everyman ENG 102: Literature and Composition Fall 2013 12/06/2013 Perception and Treatment of Death in Everyman Introduction The concept of Death and dying has been a central theme in many traditions, religions, and societies since the beginning of time. Customs that are associated with death play a part in virtually every culture around the world. Whether viewed as a time of celebration or great sorrow, the very perception of death and its treatment across different cultures and societies varies. In the play Everyman, Death is seen as an undeniable, unrelenting force that cannot be escaped. No matter one’s beliefs, everyone will be faced with the eventuality of it and the dilemma is always whether or not one is truly ready for it. I. Allegorical Characterizations a. Characters b. The Use of Allegory II. Death a. Perception of Death b. Influence on Society c. Death’s Role and Influence in Everyman Conclusion In Everyman, the role of Death is central during the course of events that ultimately shaped the protagonists acts leading to the end of his days. What truly mattered at the end was not one’s worldly possessions or standing in society, rather it was one’s deeds that mattered in the end. This is so important because no man, regardless of their lot in life, can or will escape the certainty of death as it is sure to come. No matter one’s beliefs, everyone will be faced with this at some time or another and the only thing that will matter is not if you are ready or not but what have you done with your life and what deeds have you done for the betterment of mankind. Perception and Treatment of Death in Everyman The concept of Death and dying has been a central theme in many traditions, religions, and societies since the beginning of time. Customs that are associated

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