Role Of Spiritual Death In The Last Temptation Of Everyman

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Everyman: A Divine Representation of Good Deeds and Spiritual Death
Everyman’s play interconnects religious allegories with worldly moral lessons on several main reasons that good deeds and works are required and needed, but they do not save humanity from spiritual death. The play conveys a story about Everyman’s (representing human individuals) natural life journey to death. The morality of the play helps the audience appreciate the history of Christianity. The focal point throughout the play is about humanities life plan and a journey that requires everyman to construct an unworldly firm foundation built up strong to help overcome any uprooting storm within a lifetime. Its personification comes in the form of the characters Everyman,
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In The Last Temptation of Everyman, Phoebe S. Spinrad explains that “Everyman, having given up his attachment to things outside himself, has come to rely too much on himself; having cast off despair and watched his Good Deeds grow, he has wandered too close to the sin of presumption” (Spinrad, 1985). Good Deeds, the highest of all virtues, the perfect symbol of the love for God—through every man’s love for the neighbor, doing good deeds with spiritual discipline and instruction to abound the earth with the Word of God until reaching everlasting holiness. In the play lines, 439-450 (Anonymous, n.d.), the character Goods opens dialog with Everyman, another plea to all of any age, questioning if individuals ever dream of a reread script in which misdeeds set aside. In addition, Good’s suggest, do not all humanity desire to know that life in whole has significance and that the beauty of knowledge, love, and peace will ultimately prevail? An obvious plea to …show more content…
He turns to Good Deeds, as a representation of the concept of charity work in Everyman. It appears that in the Middle Ages, charity rated as one of the greatest virtues, and considered the primary evidence of an individual’s self-worth related to Christianity and salvation. Elizabeth Harper and Britt Mize (2006) offer a great analysis, “This aspect of the system is represented in Everyman, too: in God 's opening speech, it is clear that mercy is offered, but whether it will be accepted is not a foregone conclusion (58-59)”. Everyman asks Good Deeds to help during his time of need, but only to find no comfort with them. At this point, the audience realizes Good Deeds, is lying on the ground, running out of cleverness and very weak by Everyman’s life-long sins. Everyman gains knowledge that only by grace there is salvation and not by his good works. Unfortunately, for Everyman not wanting to acknowledge God, God will abandoned him. This phase parallels with God warning to humanity, “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work” (Revelation 22:12). According to Phoebe

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