Everyman, and Medieval Miracle Plays - Part 10 Summary & Analysis

A. C. Cawley
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Part 10 Summary

"The Moral Play of Everyman" In his introduction, the editor discusses the ongoing debate over which of two plays came first—Everyman, or a Flemish play with a similar title and similar story. His debate is essentially inconclusive. He speaks admiringly of Everyman's theological intent, its basic dramatic skill, and its success at arousing emotions in the audience.

The Play (Part 1) A Messenger speaks a prologue calling for everyone in the audience to pay attention to what is about to be presented to them, essentially a warning against sin which, he suggests, will lead to God's judgment. God then appears, commenting on his perception of humanity (see "Quotes", p. 199-200), speaking of himself as having suffered what Jesus suffered on the cross, and vows to have a "reckoning of every man's person." He calls Death to him and tells him to bring...

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