"Everyman" Research Paper

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“Everyman” Research Paper

COURSE # and TITLE: _ENGL 102: Literature and Composition_


NAME: _Nathalia Santos_



The English morality play “Everyman” uses allegorical characters to represent what Everyman holds onto and values during his life. Everyman has neglected his spiritual life, but as the play develops Everyman repents of his sins on time. Summoned by Death, Everyman realizes that he is not ready and does not want to die alone. Thereafter, Everyman seeks to find a companion to go with him on the journey to give account of his life to God but to no avail, Everyman soon realizes that all of those who accompanied him on earth soon abandon him.
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Everyman confesses his sins to Confession. Later Good Deeds rises and joins him. Knowledge tells Everyman to call upon the last of his friends Discretion, Strength, Everyman’s Five Wits and Beauty. As Everyman nears his grave, one by one his last four friends begin to desert him even Knowledge cannot accompany Everyman into the grave. However, Good Deeds agrees to accompany him to heaven into eternal life. On the other side of death, Angel welcomes Everyman to heaven.

At the end of the play the character Doctor who is a scholar who conveys words of admonition. Doctor tells all that at the end all of which we hold dear to heart such as Beauty, Strength, Discretion, and Five Wits will surely forsake every man. Good Deeds is what we should always work on and the only thing that goes with us to eternity. The Doctor warns that if our “deeds are small before God there will be no help, there are no amends after death even mercy and pity will forsake us” (Anonymous).

iii. Author’s Perception of Death

“The medieval morality play Everyman, personifying such abstractions as Fellowship and Good Deeds, recounts the death journey of Everyman” (Allegory, 2010). The author makes great use of character names to show that everyman is subject to death and not one will escape it. The author perceives death as nothing is as important in life as to when death makes its claim. Death is potent in its power. The author understands that death is

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