Everyman: The play

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The author uses Death as a character to express truth that everyone will, inevitably, come in contact with death. In the play Everyman, death is embodied as a representative of God that visits the plays central character, Everyman. "Death" takes hold of the readers’ interests because it is such a profound word. It is a burdened, aggressive, penetrating word that replicates an actuality that every human will have to come to accept. Death is an adversary in the play that signifies physical death. The author recognizes the consequences of death and uses that knowledge to bring in the reader. In Everyman, the author portrays the character Death as a symbolic exemplification of human death and the reader sees that “Death” does not surpass …show more content…
God can see that Everyman is not living justly and summons Death to give Everyman the news of his beckoning. God is viewed from the start of this play as in as the only authority. When God and Death are having a short discussion, God is viewed as the authority and Death is seen as his subservient. Death is shown as simply a meek carrier to the glorious God above. The sad thing is, even though there is a God above that loves us and has our best interest in heart, people still and will always fear death. Gary Habermas explains in his book, The Risen Jesus & Future Hope, "the ultimate fear is probably the dread of death"(173). The author of the play gets Habermas' idea and tells the reader that God is still in control of death and will always be in control. There are a couple different instances in the Bible (Elijah and Jesus) where this is not the case, but overall God has used death to guide people into eternity with him. Death is used as an instrument of God to point out the fall of man due to its turning away from His perfect will.
Everyman is confused when he has an encounter with Death and the presence of Death convicts him. Everyman is taken back by Death and sees that he is in need of greater amount of time since he is not yet ready to face, or give an account, to God. Everyman says, "This blind matter troubleth my wit" and that Death has showed up when "I least expected you"(Everyman). Death can sometimes happen
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