Everyman Play Review

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Thesis Statement The author’s perception of death and the treatment of death in the play Everyman is one of a messenger from God. The idea is that no man can escape Death and that Death is sent from God to spread His message. While Everyman tries to make deals with Death in order to extend his time, Death tells Everyman that he will not accept his riches as he has no use for them.
It was in the late fifteenth century when an unknown author wrote a morality play named Everyman. “Everyman is a dark book,” (Garvey, 2006) as dark as the play is there are some very enlightening points to be made. “Morality plays are allegorical, it is tempting to perform them broadly and rhetorically, but it would be an error to do so.” (Keyishian, 2008) This play consisted of the characters of God, Death, Everyman, the Messenger and a few others, these characters all symbolize something in our real lives. The idea behind the morality play was to communicate a moral lesson, in this play the author’s moral lesson dealt with death and the journey of life to the end. During the journey Everyman had to make decisions and search out the best possible path. The author’s perception of death and the treatment of death is one of a messenger from God. The idea is that no man can escape Death and that Death is sent from God to spread His message. While everyman tries to make deals with Death in order to extend his time Death continuously denies him, Death tells Everyman that he will not accept his riches as he has no use for them. Everyman will eventually die the question then becomes whether he will die spiritually as well. God has provided a way for our spirits to be saved from eternal death and that is through the acceptance of Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior as he died on the Cross for our sins.

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