Posted at 10.03.2018
The play Everyman will need to have been an awesome tool for witnessing to the churched and unchurched as well during medieval times. There have been dramatic performances during spring and winter festivals generally in most countries during this period in history. This process to crisis helped to condition what had become called the theatre of the church. This form of open public worship called liturgical services was most popular around Easter and Xmas.
In the middle ages society, there have been many things to keep people preoccupied to the stage where they did not give attention to the salvation with their souls. In lines 74 through 82 Death describes a few of these things, he says "Everyman will I beset that liveth beastly Out of God's regulations, and dreadeth not folly. He that loveth riches I'll hit with my dart, His eyesight to blind, and from heaven to depart-Except that Almsdeeds be his good friend-In hell for to dwell, world without end. Lo, yonder I see Everyman walking: Full little he thinketh on my arriving; His head is on fleshly lusts and his treasure, "
Everyman depicts the unavoidable as the reading implies, facing death and coming to terms with life. The type Everyman is confronted with his present condition of sin and is going to be judged. In lines 103 through 110 Loss of life instructs him, "On thee thou must have a long journay: Therefore thy publication of count number with thee thou bring, For change again thou cannot by no chance. And look thou be sure of thy reckoning, For before God thou shalt answer and shew Thy many bad deeds and good but a few-How thou hast spent thy life and in what sensible, Before the Chief Lord of Heaven. Everyman considers that he can put off Loss of life until he is ready by giving him money and requesting Fatality to be kind, which is ironic. In lines 120 through 125 Everyman areas, "O Fatality, thou comest whenever i experienced thee least in mind. In thy ability it lieth me to save lots of: Yet of my good am i going to will give thee, If thou will be kind, Yea, one thousand pound shalt thou have-And defer this matter till another day. "
Now confronted with death you'll think that Everyman's main concentrate would be his salvation, but instead he thinks that Fellowship, Kindred, Cousin, Goods, and Good Deeds can go with him to help him to plead his circumstance. Only Good Deeds was able to point him in the right route towards Knowledge, who was simply the only person who could pick him initially. In lines 486 through 488 Good Deeds states, " Here I lay, cold in the ground: Thy sins hath me sore destined I cannot stear-(stir or move). "
After Good Deeds unveiled Everyman to Knowledge, he was finally going in the right course. Knowledge said to him, "Everyman, I am going to opt for thee and be thy guide, In thy most need to put into practice thy part. " The lessons in works such as Everyman were designed by the church to teach and steer medieval Christians in the right course toward the salvation with their souls. This is important in their lives because of their opinion that the salvation of the middle ages Christian's spirit is achieved only through the cathedral.
Also important were the seven sacraments-key religious events in the life of medieval Christians. Knowledge leads Everyman to Confession so that he could ask for mercy, to be cleansed, and receive his Good Deeds. Everyman prayed for the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation stating, in lines 544 through 553, "O glorious fountain that uncleanness doth clarify, Wash from me the spots of vice unclean, that on me no sin may be seen. I include Knowledge for my redemption, Redempt with heart and soul and full contrition, For I am commanded a pilgrimage for taking An great accounts before God to make. Now I pray you, Shrift, mom of salvation, Help my Good Deeds for my piteous exclamation. Next, in lines 581 through 608, Everyman prayed for the sacraments of Penitence-admitting guilt and sorrow for his sins and also for Penance-the punishment for his sins. He also prayed for Eucharist, which is Holy Communion, Holy Purchases and Marriage. Following this prayer Good Deeds went back to be with him to go with him and help him declare his good works.
Now with Everyman on his voyage is Knowledge, Good Deeds, Discretion, Durability, Beauty, and Five-Wits. Knowledge tells Everyman about the sacrament of Extreme Unction in lines 706 through 711, "Everyman, hearken what I say: Go to Preisthood, I you suggest, And receive of him, in any sensible, The holy sacrament and ointment alongside one another; Then quickly see ye flip again hither: We will all abide you here.
After this Five-wits says him about the importance of the priesthood. In lines 712 through 727 he says to everyman, "Yea, Everyman, hie you that ye ready were. There is no emperor, ruler, duke, ne baron, That of God hath commission payment As hath minimal priest on the planet being: For of the blessed sacraments pure and bening He beareth the secrets, and thereof hath the treat For man's redemption-it is ever before sure-Which God for our souls remedies Gave us out of his heart with great pine, Here is this transitory life for thee and me. The blessed sacraments seven there be: Baptism, confirmation, with priesthood good, Plus the sacrament of God's precious flesh and blood vessels, Relationship, the holy extreme unction, and penance: These seven be good to get in remembrance, Gracious sacraments of high divinity. Inside the population of the medieval Christian it's the priest who dispenses the seven holy sacraments of the Christian life.
The final work ends with everyone going out of Everyman except Good Deeds and Knowledge, who stayed with him until the end. Everyman provides final warning for everyone to study from his mistakes in lines 864 through 869, he says, "Methink, alas, that I must be gone To make my reckoning and my bills pay, For I see my time is nigh spent away. Take example, all ye that this do notice or see, The way they that I best loved do forsake me, Except my Good Deeds that bideth truly.
This ending was definitely the one that the medieval Christian church desired everyone in this world to understand which is, that you can't take anyone or anything with you even if it is buried with your body, you will standalone before God to be judged and things as well as other people will be useless for you. They stressed the value of being a part of the cathedral and doing good works and living in line with the seven holy sacraments which means that your good works wouldn't normally maintain vein.