"Everyman" Research Paper

"Everyman" Research Paper

“Everyman” Research Paper

COURSE # and TITLE: _ENGL 102: Literature and Composition_

SEMESTER OF ENROLLMENT: _Fall D04-2010_

NAME: _Nathalia Santos_

WRITING STYLE USED:   _APA_

Thesis:

The English morality play “Everyman” uses allegorical characters to represent what Everyman holds onto and values during his life. Everyman has neglected his spiritual life, but as the play develops Everyman repents of his sins on time. Summoned by Death, Everyman realizes that he is not ready and does not want to die alone. Thereafter, Everyman seeks to find a companion to go with him on the journey to give account of his life to God but to no avail, Everyman soon realizes that all of those who accompanied him on earth soon abandon him.

Outline:

i. Introduction
ii. Summary of Allegorical Characters
iii. Author’s Perception of Death
iv. Conclusion

i. Introduction

“Everyman” is an English morality play and the author is unknown. This play first appeared in England in the 16th century. It is known to be early medieval play connected with church drama. The morality play “Everyman” is about a man who is content with his life when Death summons and tells him about his end. The author used symbolic names for characters to emphasize the moral of the play. “The characters in an allegory often have no individual personality, but are embodiments of moral qualities and other abstractions” (Allegory, 2010)

ii. Summary of Allegorical Characters

The anonymous author of the play “Everyman” has grippingly named the main character Everyman to symbolize a typical human being.   “The characters in the morality play were personifications of good and evil usually involved in a struggle for a man’s soul” (Morality Play, 2010). Death is a messenger sent by God to summon Everyman. God is our Maker, Holy and Just. In the beginning of the play God speaks about his death on the cross to give people life, mentions the seven deadly sins, He states that people live for their...

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