Perception of Death and The Treatment of Death in “Everyman” Liberty University
Thesis: “Everyman” is a play that gives a message that death is inevitable. It shows that there is nothing a person can do to avoid it regardless of their worldly riches.
I. Introduction A. Title of Poem – “Everyman” B. Author - Unknown C. Summary of Plot II. Analysis of the Play A. Characters B. Setting C. Theme III. The Author’s View of Death A. The author describes death by using allegory to camouflage the idea of death. B. The certainty of death C. Every man’s soul needs to be saved before death. IV. Biblical View of Death A. Romans 8:28 (New
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or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?” In the play “Everyman,” (as cited in Literature and Spirituality, 2011, pp. 265-267), “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.” The mercy that God shows is another theme in the play. Man is always disregarding His mercy. He is so busy enjoying his worldly belongings and life that he forgets to repent his sins. In the play “Everyman,” (as cited in Literature and Spirituality, 2011, pp. 265-267), “I proferred the people great multitude of mercy, / And few there be that asketh it heartily, / They be so encumbered with worldly riches.” The final theme is that death can not be avoided. “God tells Death that the day will come when every person must die and give an accounting of his life before the Lord” (Cummings, 2010). There is no escaping it; every person will have a final judgment day and face some unpleasant truths. In the play “Everyman,” death is defined as being inevitable. The unknown author describes death by using allegory to camouflage the idea of death. Trapping the idea of fear of death throughout humanity is a growing concern, as well. When it is all said and done, God, the almighty, is the controller of death. This