Everyman As A Medieval Morality Play

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Everyman is a example of a medieval morality play.1 The play is a work portraying how God in heaven sends death to call forth every creature to present itself before him to answer for every action in this world. It shows the audience and readers what goes on in life and ending of it all through death. From the very beginning, the play classically shows that it deals with human experiences with the focus on morals. Everyman is a Christian play written to promote Christianity as a religion. At the time when the play was written, during the medieval period, the church was a seat of religious and political power; hence, the fear of hell, devil, and sin was probably common in the culture.2 Due to inadequate knowledge of medicine, the life expectancy at the time was short. Consequently, the idea that death inexorably defined and shaped the actions of people was omnipresent in that culture.3 Authors, who lived in the medieval period, were greatly preoccupied with death. They treated death as a moral journey that began at birth. The children of Adam and Eve were born into an already broken and dying world. Many perceived that being alive meant the unity with God, the creator, yet being among the living was a spiritual death.4 The people at this time faced an unknown force with mysterious powers. Instead of fearing death in its abstract and elusive form, they imagined death as a foe with a definite form, one that could inflict all the dreads it represented.5 This paper analyzes and…
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