Theme Of Death In The Play Everyman

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Register to read the introduction… It is a departure from the routine drama not quite easy to accept without explanation. A performance so consistent, so simple, so genuine, so moving, and so entirely outside the bounds of modern convention is disturbing unless the tradition to which it conforms is clearly in mind. And if we examine the tradition of this play we have the clue to all the important work of the interesting company who are responsible for it, and who are attempting to revive the substance, form, and spirit of mediaeval and of early Elizabethan drama.” (Cary, 1903) In the play every man death is view with great respect. Death is referred to in the play as God mighty messenger. This name and view of death tell us that the play was not written to fear men into accepting the Christian viewpoint. By calling death God Mighty Messenger the author is showing us that the point of the play is to send a message to human kind. Death plays an impactful role in that it pushes everyman to examine his life and to find meaning. I believe that death is treated with much respect in the play everyman. As soon as death calls on everyman he is scared and caught off guard. “What? Not even a warning? To even think of you makes my heart sick. I'm not ready to give a reckoning! Come back in a few years and I might be more prepared. Please spare me until I'm better prepared.” (Diest) Everyman try’s to deal with death there on way, some ignore death and others fight death. The play is called everyman but the star act is death. Without death everyman would go on living his or her own way, there would be a lack of accountability and reason in this world. Most people fear death and because of that fear we mostly strive to live respectful, honorable, and moral lives. Without the fear of death any society would fail. Is the fear of …show more content…
Not a sacred fear like I’m in big trouble but more out of respect. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” (NIV, 2007) The Everyman is a play on the fight for man’s soul. The Lord desires everyman to love and fear Him. He bids us to offer up ourselves fully to Him. The play says that good deeds are the only thing that will accompany everyman to his reckoning. As a modern Christian I have come to believe that Jesus Christian is the only one that will “accompany” up to our reckoning. “When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (NIV,

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