"Everyman" Term Paper by msfeisty

An overview of this medieval morality play and the allegory used throughout the short text.
# 69053 | 800 words | 1 source | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Sep 27, 2006 in Literature (English) , English (Analysis)

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"Everyman" is a morality play, written in the 15th century, author unknown. It is said to be the best of the morality plays. The paper shows how "Everyman" uses allegory to tell how God sent Death to Everyman, to take him on a journey. Everyman journeys from birth to his time of death, thinking of companions along the way, and finding that they have all forsaken him by the end, except for his good deeds, which are the only companion he may take with him to his final accounting with God.

From the Paper:

"Everyman tries to delay his journey, by asking Death many questions, but Death cannot be delayed. Everyman doesn't want to go and resorts to trying to bribe Death so that he may remain on earth. But money means nothing to Death. Death comes to Everyman as a messenger and a guide. He has a job to do, and he does it well. He takes Everyman on a journey in which Everyman's mortal life ends, and the final resting place of Everyman's soul is determined. But Death does allow Everyman to seek companions to accompany him on his final journey."

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