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i. Thesis/ Introduction
ii. Summary of Characters and what they add to the play
i. Good Deeds
o. Five Wits (Senses)
iii. Perspective of Death
r. Authors Perspective of Death
s. Biblical Perspective of Death
“Everyman” was written by an unknown author during the Medieval time period of the late 1400’s. The plays deal with what a person needs to do in order to be saved. It touches on many different ways to be saved such as: how a person is to act, the good deeds they have done and the acts they must accomplish to be saved. Each Character plays its own role in the play that brings to life what it truly means for Everyman to be whom he is. Everyman deals with great temptation and good deeds, but he really does not deal well with all he needs to throughout the play. Everyman is more concerned about who he can get to accompany him more than making sure his life and heart is right with Christ. By the end of the play Everyman is pleading with Christ to save him. Death in this story plays the biggest role for Everyman. The author’s perspective of death goes beyond the grave, it becomes spiritual. Biblical perspective of death is similar in that death should be seen as a spiritual rite of passage. In the play “Everyman”, the author makes use of allegory in the characters. When an allegory appears in a work, it usually has a one-to-one relationship to an abstract entity, recognizable to readers and audiences familiar with the cultural context of the work (Kennedy and Gioia 2010, 2007 and 2005). In “everyman” each character has its own role to play to assist or discourage Everyman in his journey. The Messenger is the first character that is seen in the play. He makes no special appearance but sets the scene to allow for understanding of the play. God appears at the beginning of the play also. He seems to be angry with how the Humans are acting on Earth. God then calls for Death to bring everyman into account for his life. Death is God’s messenger to Everyman. Even though Death is seen at the beginning of the play his presence stays throughout the play. Everyman is the leading role he is seen as representation of mankind. His attire shows that he is a wealthy man that has lived a sinful life. Everyman is told during the play that he is going to die and be judged by God. He searches thought out the play for friends, family and even senses to join him on his journey, only to be disappointed by them. He soon learns that only Good Deeds will follow him on his journey to death and judgment. Fellowship represents Everyman’s friendships. Fellowship offers him drink and women in the play rather than going to his judgment before Christ. Kindred, is also a friend of Everyman. Kindred will follow behind Cousin, in deserting Everyman in his time of need. Kindred in the play, represents family deserting him. Cousin is also shown as a friend and represents his cousin. Family deserting Everyman seems to bother him the most in his journey to death. Goods in the play, represents all of his stuff and belongings. In the play Goods leaves him punching the fact home that you cannot take your belongings with you to the grave. Good Deeds is the only character that does not leave nor forsake Everyman and at the end of the play, Good Deeds is the only one that will accompany Everyman to his death. Good Deeds represents all of the good things that Everyman has done for people of the years. Knowledge comes into the play and assists Everyman to his repentance of his sins. Confession allows for Everyman to make his confession for his sins. Beauty also abandons Everyman in his time...
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