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What are the touches of humor in the play Everyman?

The play Everymay is story about a man on his journey to meet his maker and contains humorous aspects within the depiction of its characters. The procrastination of the human race and the irony of their actions provide many comedic moments.

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The Summoning of Everyman, usually referred to simply as Everyman, the anonymous, late 1400s morality play, contains comic vignettes, but no truly comic scenes. This isn't unusual, considering that the play takes place at the end of Everyman's life and concerns the "pilgrimage" he must undertake to prepare himself for his final reckoning before God. There are, however, underlying and often darkly comic elements that run through the play.

The premise of the play itself is not only deadly serious, but it's also a little absurd in its oversimplification of a man's life, to the extent that Everyman can actually walk the earth talking with those elements of his life that he can take to his final judgment with him.

The play beings with God, the supreme being in the universe, sitting in majesty in his "heavenly sphere," complaining at length about how he's been ignored, forsaken, and generally mistreated by the creatures he created and about how no one seems to respect or fear him anymore.

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