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...
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The Angel appears briefly at the play's conclusion to accept Everyman into God's domain. Because of his virtue, Everyman will be accepted immediately into heaven with God.
Beauty is one of the companions that Everyman calls forth to accompany him for part of his journey to God. And while beauty can offer some comfort to Everyman, it is the first to depart when man begins the final journey to death.
Knowledge leads Everyman to Confession. Confession represents man's best opportunity for salvation, since acknowledging Everyman's sins and asking God for forgiveness is an important element of Catholicism. Although Knowledge can accompany Everyman part way on his journey, Knowledge cannot complete the journey with him.
When approached by Everyman, Cousin also declines to join his relative on his last journey. Instead, he states he would rather subsist on bread and water for five years than face God's judgment.
Death is the means by which God will force Everyman to undertake a pilgrimage to God's forgiveness. He seeks out Everyman, whom he describes as only focused on earthly lusts and money. Death tells Everyman that he is to begin his final journey immediately and refuses an offer of riches, but Death finally allows Everyman an opportunity to prepare for his journey and to...
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