Everyman

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NAME March 8, 2012 English 102 “Everyman” Research Paper Thesis Statement: “Everyman” is an English morality play that uses allegorical characters to depict what Everyman values throughout his life. Everyman has not been living a virtuous life focused on God and his kingdom but instead places a high value on “worldly riches” and goods. As the play progresses Everyman is summoned by Death and realizes he is not ready to die and doesn’t want to do it alone. He repents of his sins and looks for someone to accompany him on his journey to give an account of his life to God. He quickly realizes that the things he held dear to his heart during his earthly walk will fade and abandon him; he must die alone and his Good Deeds are…show more content…
Everyman confesses his sins to Confession. Goods also reminds everyman that the love of goods and possessions is the opposite of the love of God and of the divine. Following the process of confession and penance, Good Deeds is now strong enough to join Everyman. Knowledge tells Everyman to call on the last of his friends Discretion, Strength, and Everyman’s five Wits and Beauty. As soon as Everyman approaches the grave his last four friends’ desert him, even Knowledge cannot go into the grave with Everyman. Good Deeds is the only one that goes with Everyman to heaven. An Angel then welcomes Everyman into heaven. Doctor is the final character in the play, he warns us that if our “deeds are small before God there will be no help, there are no amends after death even mercy and pity will forsake us” (Anonymous). The Doctor reminds everyone that good deeds and living a pure and virtuous life should be our focus during our earthly walk and that Beauty, Strength, Discretion, and Five Wits will forsake us all in the end. The scholarly Doctor advises us that if our “deeds are small before God there will be no help, there are no amends after death even mercy and pity will forsake us” (Anonymous). “The medieval morality play Everyman, personifying such abstractions as Fellowship and Good Deeds, recounts the death journey of Everyman” (Allegory, 2010). The author makes it clear that nothing is as important in life as death. It is also made clear that death in

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