Why does God send Death to Everyman?

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As his name would suggest, Everyman is representative of all of us. As Everyman is a morality play , the audience is meant to be taught a lesson by the end of the story. God sends Death to visit Everyman to remind him (and us) of the sins associated with...

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As his name would suggest, Everyman is representative of all of us. As Everyman is a morality play, the audience is meant to be taught a lesson by the end of the story. God sends Death to visit Everyman to remind him (and us) of the sins associated with worldliness and greed. Death reminds Everyman that God is judging him for his good and bad deeds and will punish or reward him when he dies. Death sets Everyman on a journey to be judged by God in the afterlife. On this soul-searching journey, Everyman is abandoned by his friends, family, and possessions. They will be of no use to him at the time of his judgment. Just as Death implied, only his good deeds and his sins will accompany Everyman at his time of judgment before God.

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God is unhappy with the way Everyman is living his life.  Money is one factor, but there are many others.  Remember that Everyman is one of the first morality plays, and it would be performed in church to teach the every day folks who didn't read and write how they were supposed to live.  Plays of this type were a common and successful way of teaching the illiterate masses the words and ways of the Bible. 

After Death is sent to deliver the message to Everyman, he goes through the typical reactions--denial, refusal, acceptance, and then he seeks company to travel with him.  Of course, once everyone else finds out where he is going, they all find something else to do.  Only Knowledge and Good Deeds go with Everyman to judgement day and the grave.

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God sends Death because Everyman only cares for money and the things money can buy. Death makes Everyman think about his life, his choices, triumphs, rights, and wrongs.

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