The Theological Doctor Who Delivers Essay

1040 WordsDec 20, 20165 Pages
The theological Doctor who delivers the epilogue underscores the play’s moral lesson: “And he that hath his account whole and sound, high in heaven he shall be crowned” (lines 916-917). He reminds the audience that this play about dying right is, equally, in the end, about the importance of living right. Our life, our mortality is futile – Everyman seeks to impress upon its audience an awareness of life’s impermanence, and ability to discern the eternal in the midst of the transitory, and a commitment to live life as if every day might be one’s last. Mortality is to be thought about long before you meet death and cease to exist. Although Everyman is founded deeply in robust Christian ideals, it still appeals to the masses to consider the life they inhabit, to consider the air you breathe, to consider that you must someday meet death the same way every other mortal meets death. Mortality is inevitable, and we must be aware of it before it knocks us off our feet. But this begs the question: Is mortality an idea to fear or an idea to revere? If we must think about mortality, in what way must we consider it? Everyman persuades us to consider our own frailty, but the play also persuades us to fear an untimely visit from Death. However, we shall only fear this visit have we not lived a righteous and worthy life. Then again, who deems our life worthy or righteous? What is considered a life worth living? If we are in the dark as to what a righteous life truly is, this leads us back
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