An Analysis of the Perception and Treatment of Death in Everyman

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The title of the play Everyman illustrates the anonymous Author’s reminder to his audience that every man’s soul needs to be saved before death. Additionally, he reminds believers of God that death may be the end of our physical bodies, but it is just the beginning of our spiritual journey with God. The play serves as a reminder to not only live for today, but to strive towards the goal of ever-lasting life in Heaven, by stating, “Look well, and take good heed to the ending” (Line 11). This is further illustrated in the play when the messenger Death declares, “Ye think sin in the beginning full sweet,” and “Which in the end causeth the soul to weep” (Lines 13 & 14).
Every man was created for a purpose, and each has a unique path to walk.
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The Bible states, “I know your deeds, you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of my God” (Revelation 3:2 NIV). Everyman is reminder that, “They forget clean, and shedding of my blood red” (Line 30).
God as He will eventually judge every man for his actions, so he is not to “liveth so after his own pleasure” (Line 40). Additionally, those who do not believe in God should be afraid of death, as Everyman stated, “Therefore I will, in all the haste, have a reckoning of every man’s person” (Line 45). Additionally, the bible states, “What the wicked dreads will overtake him; what the righteous desire will be granted” (Proverbs 10:24 NIV), and “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell” (10:28 NIV). However, those who have faith in God are told, “Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him” (1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 NIV).
In line 115, Death declares to Everyman that man does not fear him, but reminds him of God’s commands all men to be obedient to Him. Likewise, in order to save our souls we must declare our love for

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