Everyman Morality Play

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This essay is about Everyman the morality play. I will be analyzing the play and looking at the setting (date and time) of the play, protagonist, major conflict, rising action, climax, falling action, themes, motifs, symbols and foreshadowing. According to (Arnold Williams) this morality play is the best known and most widely performed in modern times. The setting (place) of this play is based on the heaven where everyman awakens to confess and pay for all the wrongs he had committed on earth. It is in heaven where everyman is being adjudicated and therefore he confesses and repents. The time of the setting is afterlife (which could be anytime). The protagonist of this play is good deeds, because he is the only one who does not desert everyman.…show more content…
Confession Everyman had to go to heaven and confess all his sins before he can be accepted and forgiven. Evilness Everyman had been a victim of evilness for a long time. In the play it says that worldly things are evil. Pilgrimage A pilgrimage is a journey taken to a sacred or religious place, and what I’ve noticed about everyman’s journey is that it is a pilgrimage: a religious journey taken, ultimately, to heaven. Medieval writers often compared life to a pilgrimage: a transitory journey to an ultimately spiritual goal. Comparisons might also be made with those in holy orders, who, like Everyman, must learn to live without belongings and let go of the things they are attached to in order to progress on a spiritual journey. Death Death is one of the closest God’s messengers. God sends death to communicate with Everyman and to acknowledge him about God. Even in real life death is the only thing that can take you to heaven. Conclusion Everyman is indeed on of the best morality plays written on the 15th century and no wonder it’s still being performed even nowadays. It is very educational, well written, and to the purpose. May good writings forever
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