Everyman Play Analysis

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Everyman: Perception and Treatment of Death Sarah Mesco Liberty University English 102 August 18, 2015 Everyman: Perception and Treatment of Death “Everyman” is a morality play written back in the late fifteenth century by an unknown author (Gyamfi, and Schmidt, Pg. 265). This late-Medieval play was and is still used today as a way to communicate a moral teaching to its audience and those who read the story. It focuses on the importance of doing good works as a way to enter heaven. The play’s content, theme, and ideology reflect those of Catholic Europe (Galens, Pg. 59). It is a religious allegory play and the main character Everyman is a protagonist, which is used to represent all humans (Gyamfi and Schmidt, Pg. 265). The Bible speaks truth and God says “I am the way and truth of life, No one comes to the father except through me” (John 14:16 NIV). Many people fear death…show more content…
The choices an individual makes while here on earth determines where one will go after death. Everyman is used to teach the importance of having an everlasting relationship with God and following Him in all aspects of life. Beauty, fame, and fortune are all temporary. In order to have eternal life, man must accept Christ and live a holy life according to His plan. The author of “Everyman” portrays death as a punishment to man for all the sin he has committed while on earth. In order to be saved by God one must believe and receive the Lord in their heart. The Christian religion believes faith along with good deeds will enable one to have eternal life with God. “Everyman” was written to encourage every human to live a holy life according to God. (Galens, Pg. 62). The play uses allegory characters to act out morality amongst all humans including Christians (Jokinen, 2010). “Everyman” the main character is used to represent all humans in their quest to salvation. God feels angry at man
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