Allegory In Everyman

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Peter Van Diest wrote “Everyman” in the late fifteenth century. The focus of the story is an outlook on life and death. This morality play seems to have a bit more to it than most, yet it is not too long. It is pretty predictable, but still interesting since the characters each play a very unique role and they also represent allegory in either life or death. Death is a part of life that everyone experiences in some way, whether it be their own or even being affected by the death of another. Many people dwell on the thought of their own death, wondering how or when it will occur. Then, it is even a massive question in society; what will happen to us when we die? In the play “Everyman,” with the main topic being death, it is only fitting that the main character was told that he is going to die. For some people, it may be difficult to speak about death, scary even. The questions that it leaves unanswered, and they loved ones that it has the ability to snatch from us at any time. No matter, the author felt it was of important subject matter. In Literature and Spirituality, Schmidt and…show more content…
He continues on his journey and is accompanied by is earthly friends. They had names like Goods, Cousin, Kindred, and Fellowship. Each name is allegorical and stands for something specific. In Everyman: A Structural Analysis Thomas F. Van Laan says, “Of this unavoidable implication, Everyman is not entirely aware. Although Death’s Visit troubles him, he still retains his earthly supports, and he now turn to these for help.”(467). He tried to lean on his friends, but they slowly abandoned him one by one. But, Everyman’s friend, Good Deeds, had Knowledge tell Everyman that he can be salvaged through going to confession. Eventually, Everyman went and confessed his sins. The question that is left over for me is, does this get him into

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