"Everyman" Research Paper

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“Everyman” Research Paper

COURSE # and TITLE: _ENGL 102: Literature and Composition_

SEMESTER OF ENROLLMENT: _Fall D04-2010_

NAME: _Nathalia Santos_

WRITING STYLE USED: _APA_

Thesis:

The English morality play “Everyman” uses allegorical characters to represent what Everyman holds onto and values during his life. Everyman has neglected his spiritual life, but as the play develops Everyman repents of his sins on time. Summoned by Death, Everyman realizes that he is not ready and does not want to die alone. Thereafter, Everyman seeks to find a companion to go with him on the journey to give account of his life to God but to no avail, Everyman soon realizes that all of those who accompanied him on earth soon abandon him.
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God then commands Death to show Everyman who is outside of the law of God what must come to him without escape or delay, the day of reckoning for all. Death encounters Everyman and has questioned him about why he has neglected God, “Everyman, stand still! Whither art thou going thus gaily? Hast thou thy Maker forget?” (Anonymous). Death dispenses the bad news that his day of reckoning for his sins has come and he must give account to God. Upon hearing that his time has come to an end he begins to fear his journey to go before God and give an answer to how he lived his life on earth. Everyman bribes Death to give him another day. Everyman’s argument is that Death did not give him a warning and now he wants to find a companion to accompany him on this journey of reckoning. As time nears Everyman struggles with his ignorance and therefore begins to seek and call upon his earthly friends such as Fellowship, Kindred, Cousin, and Goods. Everyman discovers that one by one his acquaintances and possessions, whom he held dear to his heart and promised to be with him till the end, all abandon him in his time of need.

After each friend desert Everyman and he is moaning and wondering who will go with him, he calls upon Good Deeds whom he finds on the floor weak. Good Deeds is weak because Everyman has made very few good deeds in his lifetime. Good Deeds calls on her sister Knowledge to help Everyman go on his journey.

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