Essay on Everyman as a Morality Play
Everyman is somewhat different from other Morality Plays although the main features of these style of plays portrays the battle between virtue and vice there was however no such battle in the play. The origins of this play were obscure but it was believed that it resembled the Dutch play Elckerlyc (Everyman) first printed in 1495.
Everyman was no doubt a popular play that was hitherto performed nowadays in theatres. It displays the predicaments of the character Everyman and the development of his character as the play progresses. It was an impressive play in a sense that it has the classical simplicity of action, by the concreteness of the allegorical and that it was also a rough attempt to excite terror and pity. Above all the redemption of Everyman at the end brought out the moral aim of the play.
The Play starts with the Messenger as he addresses the audience; the dialogue somehow generalizes the character of Everyman, so that the audience could identify themselves through his character. And also a Discourse by God upon the materialistic pursuit of the world, this already sets the tone of the play as the audiences are already reprimanded on the dangers of the materialistic world. Everyman also echoes the moral story of friendship, of isolation, of patience and of God’s abundant Grace on his people. Everyman was portrayed as a