William Shakespeare 's Everyman As An English Morality Play

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“Everyman” is an English morality play whose author is unknown. It dates back to the 16th century and was first seen in England. The play depicts a man who is caught up in a secular world and is more concerned with worldly riches than nurturing his spiritual life. He seems content until Death is sent to tell him his life is over and he must now give an account to God of how he lived his life. The author uses allegory characters to describe moral qualities and abstractions in Everyman’s life. (Allegory, 2010)
The central character in the play is Everyman; the author uses him to represent a typical human being. Death is a messenger in the play who has been sent by God to summon Everyman. God is of course our Creator. At the beginning of God’s first speech in the play we know right away that he is angry with us when he says “I perceive here in my majesty, how that all the creatures be to me unkind, living without dread in worldly prosperity: Of ghostly sight the people be so blind, drowned in sin, they know me not for their God; In worldly riches is all their mind all creatures to me be unkind”. (Anonymous) He talks about how people live to please themselves and have neglected to think about him. Disappointed in mankind, God calls upon Death and refers to him as a “mighty messenger”. He says that death is instructed to deal with everyone who “liveth beastly.” People who worship wealth and worldly goods instead of God will essentially be sent to hell unless he has an account of…
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