Characters Discussed (Cyclopedia of Literary Characters, Revised Third Edition)
God, who has decided to have a reckoning of all men.
Death, who is summoned to receive God’s instructions to search out Everyman. Death agrees to give Everyman some time to gather companions to make the journey with him.
Everyman, whom Death approaches and orders to make the long journey to Paradise to give an accounting for his life.
Good-Deeds, the one companion who can and will make the entire journey with Everyman. Everyman finds Good-Deeds too weak to stir, but after Everyman accepts penance, Good-Deeds is fit for the journey.
Knowledge, the sister of Good-Deeds. Knowledge offers to guide Everyman but cannot go with him into the presence of his maker.
Confession, who lives in the house of salvation. Confession gives penance to Everyman.
The Five Wits
The Five Wits, companions who go part of the way with Everyman.
Goods, to whom Everyman turns for companions. All offer to help but refuse when they learn the nature of the journey.
A messenger, who appears in prologue to announce a moral play to the audience. He warns that people should look to the end of their lives.
A doctor, who appears at the end to remind the audience that only Good-Deeds will avail at the final judgment.