everyman

Topics: God, Good and evil, Love Pages: 2 (663 words) Published: May 1, 2014
Firsly we are introduced to the Messenger who asks the audience to give their attention and announces the purpose of the play, which will show us our lives as well as our deaths. God speaks next, and immediately criticises the way that “all creatures” are not serving Him properly. People are living without fear in the world and even any thought of heaven or hell, or the judgment that will eventually come to them. God says. Everyone is living purely for their own pleasure, but yet they are not at all secure in their lives. God sees everything decaying, and getting worse from year to year and so has decided to have a “reckoning of every man’s person”. God calls in Death, his “mighty messenger”. People who love wealth and worldly goods will be struck by Death and will be sent to dwell in hell eternally unless their good deeds be his good friend; good deeds can save a sinner from eternal damnation. Death sees Everyman walking along, “finely dressed”. Death approaches Everyman, and asks him where he is going, and whether he has forgotten his “maker” (the one who made him). He then tells Everyman that he must take a long journey upon him, and bring with him his “book of count” ((which contains his good and bad deeds.) Everyman says that he is unready to make such a reckoning, and is horrified to realize who Death is. Everyman asks Death whether he will have any company to go on the journey from life into death. Death tells him he could have company, if anyone was brave enough to go along with him. Fellowship enters, sees that Everyman is looking sad, and immediately offers to help. Everyman describes the journey he is to go on, and Fellowship tells Everyman that nothing would make him go on such a journey. Fellowship departs from Everyman “as fast as” he can. Kindred (of the same family)and Cousin enter, Everyman appeals to them for company, and they similarly desert him. Everyman next turns to his “Goods and richesse” to help him, but Goods only tells him...
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