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how is Everyman described on the first page?

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Posted October 15, 2013 at 4:37 AM via web

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how is Everyman described on the first page?

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aszerdi | Student , Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted October 15, 2013 at 8:24 PM (Answer #1)

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The following are passages from God's dialogue on the first page of the play describing the nature of Everyman:

"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,"

"And now I see the people do clean forsake me.

They use the seven deadly sins damnable;

As pride, covetise, wrath, and lechery,

Now in the world be made commendable;

And thus they leave of angels the heavenly company;

Everyman liveth so after his own pleasure,

And yet of their life they be nothing sure:

I see the more that I them forbear

The worse they be from year to year;"


Every man is a character who represents humanity. He displays all manner of vice and neglects the guidance of the divine in searching after his own worldly pleasures. God, however, remains merciful hoping that Everyman will indeed put aside mansions for himself in the realm of heavenly glory. The dialogue ends as God calls for the messenger Death.

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