"Everyman" Notes

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Published on May 3, 2008

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When the majority cannot read… : When the majority cannot read… entertainment must also instill morality. Everyman = every man = you : Everyman = every man = you John Donne's "Meditation 17" includes the following passage: : John Donne's "Meditation 17" includes the following passage: "Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind;And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee." "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth,But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven,For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." : "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth,But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven,For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." (Matthew 6:19-21) "The evil that men do lives after them, but the good is oft interred with their bones." : "The evil that men do lives after them, but the good is oft interred with their bones." Mark Anthony, Julius Caesar "What is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after." : "What is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after." Ernest Hemingway Everyman… : Everyman… A morality play The play begins… : The play begins… God is angry at the way humankind takes his gifts for granted. He says that people have created a world in which sin is commended and virtue is dead. God gives Death a call… : God gives Death a call… God orders Death to take Everyman from the earth and tell him to prepare for a reckoning—a review of his life before God. Death kindly stops for Everyman : Death kindly stops for Everyman Death approaches Everyman, catching him by surprise. Of course, Everyman is not ready. He begs for more time. Death says that he waits for no one. Everyman then offers Death riches to spare him. Death laughs and tells Everyman to hurry and prepare his book of accounts for the reckoning. May I bring a friend? : May I bring a friend? Everyman asks if he may have company on his journey to the reckoning. Death says yes, if anyone is willing to accompany Everyman, then they too are welcome. Everyman asks a friend along… : Everyman asks a friend along… The friend at first promises Everyman he would do anything for him. He declares his loyalty to Everyman to the end. He even says that he would give his own life if Everyman needed him to. Once Everyman reveals the nature of his upcoming journey, his “loyal” friend flatly says no—he will not accompany Everyman. However, the friend assures Everyman that if he ever wants to eat, drink and be merry, that he will be there for Everyman. Blood is thicker than water, right? : Blood is thicker than water, right? Everyman next turns to his kin, certain they would never abandon him. However, after swearing their allegiance to Everyman, his relatives turn him down, making weak excuses for their refusal. Too many riches…? : Too many riches…? Everyman then turns to his worldly goods, the riches that brought him much comfort throughout his life. However, his worldly goods tell him that love of riches will only hurt him at the reckoning. Everyman then declares that worldly goods have seduced and tricked him into eternal damnation. Everyman looks for Good Deeds : Everyman looks for Good Deeds …and he finds her, neglected and weak. He begs her to accompany and help him, but she cannot even walk. She sends along Knowledge to go with and advise Everyman. Knowledge leads Everyman to Confession : Knowledge leads Everyman to Confession …where Everyman confesses his sins and receives his penance. Everyman renounces worldly pleasures and appears before God for his reckoning. God sees Everyman’s repentance and forgives. : God sees Everyman’s repentance and forgives. Everyman achieves salvation. Enter the messenger… : Enter the messenger… …with the moral of the story. Did you get the intended message? : Did you get the intended message? (pretty hard to miss, right?) That’s what church leaders were counting on with morality plays! End of presentation. : End of presentation. (now read the play!)

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