How is God presented in Everyman?

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blacksheepunite eNotes educator| Certified Educator

God comes across as somewhat arrogant, hurt and hostile. His main complaint seems to be that people are unkind because they live well and don't have enough dread in their hearts. He sees Everyman as ungrateful sinners who, without intervention will become beastlike and "eat" one another out of envy.

He is not pleased because he sacrificed himself,  prepared a place for them in heaven, and even lent them their beings (bodies) but they go on as if all that mattered to them was worldly pleasure. He says he must do justice, by which he means he must send Death out to give Everyman a pilgrimage he can's refuse, one that will bring him to a swift reckoning. He plans to do justice on every man who lives without fear.

amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Everyman is an allegorical piece where every character represents himself and something larger than just that one person/entity.  God is angry that humanity (Everyman) have been repeatedly bone-headed and sinful, so he sends Death to tell Everyman he has to come to judgement day.  Everyman sees God as angry and something to fear--a final destination that probably won't be positive since God is already disppointed in his performance.  He tries to get out of going, and then tries to find someone to go with him to meet God.  In the end, only Knowledge and Good Deeds agree to travel with Everyman to his graveside.

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