Theme Of The Play Everyman

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Everyman is a morality play that has been written in the late 15th century. The writer of Everyman has yet to be known. However, we are informed that monks and priests often wrote this type of drama, the morality with a catholic message one. In addition we can say that the ‘Everyman’ we know today is most likely the result of years over decades of literary evolution. The setting of the play is not something that can be compared with a realistic setting. But, meanwhile it important to indicate that the cultural setting is drawn out from the Roman Catholism of that period of time. It was highly believed during this era that Afterlife was something reachable for everyman that has done no sins on this life (even if he has ha has confess of them and asked for forgiveness by penance). And in reality the whole plot of the play, even the involvement of death, revolves in this concept of afterlife.
The message in Everyman is pretty clear: When death falls upon you the only thing of yours that will have a use before the judgment of Him is your Good deeds. The main theme of the play is death
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Yes this is mentioned above but it is worth considering that it might be the greatest morality play yet. The author makes the audience question itself about the abstract things in life such as love, friendship, retribution. Death here comes “in play” by bring out all deeds of the person (Everyman) and by making him face the consequences. This is , of course the Catholic point of view, where after leaving the mortal body, the person is accompanied in a journey to afterlife alongside Death. There have been other books where a major role is played by Death (“The book Thief” by Markus Zuzak and “Paradise Lost” by John Millton) but each of them represents Death as a either to sensitive creature, or a monstrous one. Meanwhile in “Everyman” Death is neither too good or too dreadful. Death is something normal and sincere, a sure future for every last one of
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