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Posted January 18, 2012 at 9:03 AM via web

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What are the principal allegorical figures in "Everyman"; What does each stand for?

Humanitites; poem of Everyman (ca1500)

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cvb2447 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted January 25, 2012 at 7:32 AM (Answer #1)

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"Everyman" is a morality play about salvation; the original play was medieval. It is an allegorical drama written to teach Christians how to live their lives in order to save their souls.

Each of the principal allegorical figures stands for an element of life: Everyman represents any common man, Death is God's messenger, Kindred is family and companions, Fellowship represnts Everyman's friends, Worldly Goods represent materials or items that eventually become meaningless, Good Deeds are those that stay with you into death and Beauty is a quality that fades with time and age.

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