Prologue read by the Messenger.
The first character to appear. The Messenger has no role within the story of the play itself, but simply speaks the prologue outlining what the play will be like. Will show us our lives and deaths: and how we humans are always transitory God: criticism: all creatures are not serving him properly
Appears only at the very beginning of the play. Angry with the way humans are behaving on Earth, God summons Death to visit Everyman and call him to account. We live without “dread”(fear), without any thought of heaven or hell, or the judgment. “In worldly riches is all their mind” God says.
Everyone is living purely for their own pleasure; they are not all secure in their lives. God sees their decay; he decides to have a “reckoning of every man’s person”. Are they guilty or godly? Heaven or hell?
God calls Death: his mighty messenger
God's "mighty messenger", who visits Everyman at the very start of the play to inform him that he, is going to die and be judged by God. Those who love wealth and worldly goods will be struck by Death’s dartdwell in hell eternally “Alms be his good friend” Alms=good deedscan save a sinner from eternal damnation Everyman is seen by Death walking “finely dressed”.
He has to go on a journey with Death and has to bring with himself his “book of count”(good and bad deeds) He is not ready to make such reckoning, horrified.
He could have company if there is anybody who is brave enough to go along with him into death. Fellowship enters: Fellowship
Represents friendship. Everyman's friend and the very first one to forsake him. Fellowship suggests going drinking or consorting with women rather than going on a pilgrimage to death. Offers his help. He is in great “jeopardy” When is tells, the fellowship leaves him. Kindred and Cousin enter.
A friend of Everyman's, who deserts him along with Cousin. 'Kindred' means 'of the same family', so when Kindred forsakes Everyman, it represents family members deserting him. Cousin
A friend of Everyman's, who deserts him along with Kindred. 'Cousin' means 'related', so when Kindred forsakes Everyman, it represents family members - and perhaps close friends - deserting him. “Goods and richesse” love of Goods and love of God is opposite Good Deeds
Good Deeds is the only character who does not forsake Everyman - and at the end of the play, accompanies him to his grave. Good Deeds represents Everyman's good actions - nice things that he does for other people. Goods
Goods represents objects - goods, stuff, belongings - and when Everyman's goods forsake him, the play is hammering home the fact that you can't take belongings with you to the grave. Good Deeds is too weak to accompany him. Her sister Knowledge accompanies him to Confessionto show penance(bunbanat) Knowledge
Guides Everyman from around the middle of the play, and leads him to Confession. 'Knowledge' is perhaps best defined as 'acknowledgement of sin'. Confession
Allows Everyman to confess and repent for his sins. There is some confusion in the text about whether Confession is male or female. More friends – Discretion, Strength, Beauty and Five Wits(ertelem) – initially claim that they too will accompany Everyman on his journey. Knowledge tells Everyman to go to Priesthood to receive the holy sacrament and extreme unction. Discretion
One of the second group of characters who deserts Everyman in the second half of the play. Five Wits
Represents the Five Senses: sight, hearing, touch, taste, smell. One of the second group of characters who deserts Everyman in the second half of the play. He asks each of his companions to set their hands on the cross, and go before. One by one, Strength, Discretion, and Knowledge promise never to part from Everyman’s side. Together, they all journey to Everyman’s grave. As Everyman begins to die, Beauty, Strength, Discretion and Five Wits all forsake him one after another. Good Deeds speaks up and...
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