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Everyman Notes

by: Kimberly Burke

Everyman Notes EH 203

Kimberly Burke
Jacksonville State University
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These are my notes on the play Everyman. This does not include Dr. Gates' Power Point notes.
Survey of English Literature I
Dr. Gates
Class Notes
Everyman, Morality Plays, british lit
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Date Created: 02/05/16
British Lit – Everyman • Characters: o Everyman o Death – sent by God to tell Everyman to begin pilgrimage to his last day o Fellowship – friend of Everyman, refuses to go on journey with him o Messenger – addresses audience at beginning of play o God o Cousin – gives humorous excuse o Kindred – gives excuse of needing to ask his wife o Goods – accumulation of wealth & property o Good Deeds – important character, gains strength throughout play o Knowledge – adds strength to Good Deeds o Confession – person hearing the confession of Everyman o Beauty – offers help to Everyman o Strength – offers help to Everyman o Discretion – offers help to Everyman o Five Wits – offers help to Everyman o Doctor – educated not medical, gives the play’s moral • Everyman is joined on his pilgrimage by friends until they learn that it’s his pilgrimage to death o Not accepted into Heaven b/c of Good Deeds alone but accepted b/c of his honest confession • Morality Play o Mankind – Castle of Perseverance, Wisdom, etc o Dramatic representation of spiritual crisis of a man as he struggles to achieve redemption § Can still be accepted into kingdom if you ask forgiveness for sins o Personified values & virtues – allegorical names o Moral lesson taught in entertaining way • Structure o Prefatory addressed to audience by Messenger o Audience addressed at the end by Doctor (educated man) § Pg.529 lines915-920 – Doctor th o Presentational style – address audience, break 4 wall o A lot of speeches where Everyman is alone on stage o Humor o Repetition of mind change from every possible travel companion • Mankind – succumbs to temptation of devil, Nowadays, New Guys, & Naught o Enticed by everything new & worldly o Tempted to neglect Mercy (only virtuous character) o Mercy = priest; Vices = lower class • Play begins with God speaking to Death • Lesson – be prepared for the end of your life no matter what o Humor of lesson – line 135 Everyman begs for more time/12 years § Death tells him that he is not allowed extra time but is allowed to bring people on his journey o Contrition is the key to turn around o Good Deeds have to be strong enough to go with you • Speech from God – His plan, teach people lesson b/c they forsake Him, assigns Death to fetch Everyman & tell him it’s his time to die • Pg.512 – needs people to take on the journey, invites every person he meets o All are willing to go until they find out where he’s going o 1 at a time cycle • pg.515-516 – Kindred & Cousin o Everyman says he has to show Good Deeds o Cousin – gives humorous excuses o Kindred – excuse: let me ask my wife • Goods – accumulation of wealth & property o Humor: he has accumulated wealth • Pg.519 – Good Deeds is moaning on the ground, not well o Pg.521 - Knowledge adds strength to Good Deeds & leads Everyman to Confession • Beauty, Strength, Discretion, Five Wits o Reinforcements, support, see grave & leave o Pg.527 – peel away when they realize they are travelling to grave • Knowledge & Good Deeds – stay with Everyman o Good Deeds – goes into the grave with Everyman • Voice of Angel – blesses afterlife of Everyman


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