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An Analysis And Summary Of Everyman, Characters In Everyman

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An Analysis and Summary of EverymanEveryman is an English morality play but the author is anonymous. The play was written in the 15th century and it is thought to be derived from a Dutch play with the same theme. While the author is unknown, it is believed to be written by a priest. The reason is that the play has a religious content and morale message.Everyman is the story of a man who suddenly faces with God. There are many characters in the play and one of them is Death who is sent by God to Everyman for his pilgrimage which is his last journey. When God send Death to Everyman, he asks him if he had forgotten his creator because Everyman is very much concerned with worldly things. He is in lust and interested in treasure during his life.When Death goes to Everyman to take him to his last journey, he wants him to take his full book of of accounts. It means all the good and bad things that he has done during his life. As Everyman is occupied with worldly concerns only and understands that this journey will determine whether he is going to hell or heaven, he cries in vain and asks Death if he has to be alone during the journey. Death tells him that he can have company who may wish to make the journey with him and gives him some time to find one. When Everyman has an opportunity take someone with him, he first remembers Fellowship as they had spent time together in sports and play. When he explains his situation to Fellowship, he says he can even go to hell with him but as soon as Fellowship realizes that they won't have a return, he changes his mind and does not want to go with Everyman. After that Everyman remembers Kindred. He considers Kindred as a stronger tie than friendship because it is a tie of blood. He thinks that Kindred helps him anyway but unfortunately he is wrong again. When Kindred learns that Everyman must account for his good and bad deeds, he refuses to accompany him. Everyman asks the same thing to his cousin but he doesn't want to come by saying that he has a cramp in his toe.Everyman gets into a real hard situation and starts to pity himself. This time he turns to Goods who he has loved very much for his lifetime. But when Goods hears that they have to go to the highest judge which is God, although Everyman tries to persuade him that all wrongs become right with money, he refuses to go too. He also corrects Everyman that if he thinks this way than it is a very big disadvantage in the eyes of the judge since worldly goods are not given but only lent by him.Everyman is ashamed of his unworthy friends. He asks for the help of Good-Deeds. He asks him to go with him to afterlife but Good-Deeds refuses because Everyman has not done very many good deeds during his life. So, instead of accompanying him, Good-Deeds leads him to Confession. But at the same time, Good-Deed's sister Knowledge stays with Everyman. She offers Everyman company to guide him to Confession. During her company, Five Wits, Beauty, Strength and Discretion joined...

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