Everyman Is A Late Eighteenth Century Morality Play
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“Everyman is a late fifteenth-century morality play” (Adu-Gyamfi & Schmidt, 2011, p. 265). It is also an allegory play, which is “a description…in which the literal events (persons, places, and things) consistently point to a parallel sequence of ideas, values, or other recognizable abstractions” (Kennedy & Gioia, 2012, p. 696). This is otherwise known as an allusion. “This allusion is perceived as the writer’s compassion for everybody who experiences universals fear of death, pain and ageing and realizes absurdity of his/her passing life” (Rusak, 2011). Like in the play, Everyman shows fear of Death because he is not ready for his life to end because of the life he has lived. This play shows that there is only one way to get to Heaven and it is shown to the readers very well, through these allegories. That one way is by performing good deeds. During the play, Everyman does not have a very close relationship with God, but something happens to him to and he ends up changing his ways. Throughout the play, Everyman is challenged and is met by Death and introduced to deceiving characters like; Fellowship, Kindred, Beauty and Strength; meanwhile, in these characters and some others he meets along the way he realizes how death will treat him and just how it will change the person that he was, into the person that he can becomes.
Everyman, who is the main character in this play, represents every human being: man, woman, and child; hence Everyman. The play