November 6th 2012
Comparison Between Dramatic Works Everyman and Seventh Seal
The fifteenth century play Everyman explores the journey of a man, who represents the
individuals of mankind, who is confronted by the inevitability of his own death. Very similarly, Antonius
Block is portrayed during the fourteenth century bubonic plague, and is confronted by death on
reoccurring occasions. During the events of the two dramatic pieces, the two protagonists visit many
similar and different circumstances while figuring out solutions to their crisis. It is clear that historically,
it has had an impact on the outcomes of the play.
First of all, it is intended to be clear that morality is inducted as a major aspect of the plays. In
Everyman, an ordinary man is made to face his duty in life. His confrontation comes from a dialogue
with Death to distinguish if he is ready to die. Of course, “thou comest when I had thee least in mind,”
and he is not ready. Everyman seeks camaraderie on a dangerous journey, but is abandoned by
allegorical figures like Goods, Knowledge, Kindred etc. He soon finds out the only thing that remains are
Good Deeds, and that is the only important thing to be accepted into the Kingdom of Heaven. In
Bergman’s Seventh Seal, Antonius Block is visited by Death in a form of a chess game, which was
inspired by the painting,Taby Kyrka. Both plays foreshadow their inevitable death as it is being delayed
by the protagonists to provide one last good measure. For instance, Everyman understands he is going
to die, he just wanted to provide one last deed to cleanse his soul, and Antonius understands it as well,
but he is just delaying it. In the end both provide their promise as Everyman is ready to die, and
Antonius knocks over the pieces so Jof and Mia could escape death, as he accepts his own.
Secondly, the historical context has had a major role on the development on...