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Analysis of Death in “Everyman”


1. Give brief overview of Death
a. Discuss when he appears and for what reason
b. Discuss his objectives and what his reason for being there is c. Discuss who he is talking to
d. Give thesis statement
2. Quote the excerpt of Death’s conversation with God
3. Quote the excerpt of Trussler and his summary of the conversation 4. Discuss the atypical depiction of Death
e. Follow up with Ron Tanner’s quotation about the humor in the scene 5. Quote Davenport
f. Kafkaesque
6. Discuss the influence Christianity and the Catholic Church had on drama during the 15th century g. Quote Moses’ and his synopsis of the matter
7. Follow up with quote from Cunningham and Reich to reinforce the mentality of that time period 8. Conclusion, restate thesis

Thesis Statement
Deaths primary role throughout the course of this play is to serve as God’s messenger and to summon Everyman to account for his sins.

Analysis of Death in “Everyman”
The morality play Everyman is probably one of the most known drama’s of the Middle Ages even though the author of the play is unknown. The basic summary of the play entails the Lord God looking down upon Everyman and observing the greed that has overcame him. The character Everyman, in this play, is symbolic of mankind as a whole; male, female, young, and old. God sees Everyman’s desire for riches and worldly pleasures and observes the fact that Everyman has forgotten Him. This prompts God to call for His messenger, Death. God proceeds to bid Death to take a message to Everyman informing him that he must take a long journey; he must prepare to account for his actions before the Lord God. This direct instruction to Death by God gives the reader insight on the author’s perception of Death and the role that Death will play in this drama. Death doesn’t play a prominent role throughout the...
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