The classic Morality play, Everyman, tells the tale of Everyman's journey through life. The play features allegorical characters - characters who represent groups or qualities. The main character, Everyman, represents all men (and women). He has many choices as to which other characters will accompany on his life's journey. These characters include: Goods, Knowledge, Beauty, Discretion, Five-Wits, Fellowship, Strength, and Good Deeds.
Only the last accompanies Everyman through all of his life and into the after-life. The clear message is that while other qualities fade over time (it's easiest to see this with beauty), only our good deeds will represent us beyond our life time.