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The Experience Of Death Depicted In The Plays Everyman And The Sandbox

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Death, to the surrounding people, can often be seen as a horrible and depressing time in one’s life, while the same result may occur in the person going through the time period. One must remember, though, that no matter how the person has lived throughout their life, everyone must die eventually, for it is the circle of life. The playwright, Everyman, notes of the importance of having devotion and loyalty in Jesus Christ, for that is the only way to Heaven. Also, the play and The Sandbox greatly illustrate how a person near death is feeling and his emotions, while also describing the sympathy of others around him and their experiences.
According to Funk & Wagnalls Standard Desk Dictionary, death is merely “the permanent cessation of all vital functions in an animal or plant.” To fully appreciate the gravity of such a definition, it is important to first have an understanding of vocabulary and know what the more difficult terminology in the definition means, for example, cessation. It is “a ceasing; stop; pause.” If each of the less frequently used words in the definition were rewritten, the meaning would read that death is a lasting stop of all extremely important organisms that used to depend on each other in order to survive.
In the play, Everyman, A.C. Cawley incorporates his view of belief regarding what happens to a person after death. The prime character, Everyman, runs into an angel from God, who reports to Everyman that he must go before God and account for all of the things that he has done on Earth. On Earth, though, Everyman lived as the world did and participated in secular things which are displeasing to God. Because of the way in which he ran his life, Everyman pled with the angel to let him stay on Earth for a little while longer. After some discussion, the angel finally let Everyman stay on Earth for the rest of the day. After the day passed, Everyman would go to his casket and make his journey before God. Following the meeting with the angel, Everyman searches for someone to go with him on his journey before God. He, of course, went first to the worldly people, which symbolized possessions of the world. He met up with Fellowship, then Kindred, Cousin, Goods, Knowledge, Beauty, Strength, Discretion, and then finally Five Wits. All of the symbolized objects, though, ran away once they either heard that they were going to go before God and never return, or merely left the man in need to follow the rest of the crowd. Finally, Everyman realized that the person he needed was not of the world, instead, he recognized that the person would stand by him and represent him in front of God. This person was Good Deeds, who was typically turned to because “she is so weak that she can neither go nor speak.” Even though Everyman knows Good Deeds history, he still calls for her, and in the end, she is the only one who has gone with Everyman to represent him before God.
In life, it is important to not focus on worldly things, because just as...

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