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Everyman certainly fits the mold of a typical medieval mystery play Ominously the play begins with God perceiving how all creatures be to Him unkind Men it seems commit the Seven Deadly Sins far too regularly and their only concern seems to be their own pleasure Angered by this casual manner humans have adopted toward Him God decides a reckoning is in order He summons his mighty messenger Death eerily and effectively personified for the audience members God commands the dark figure to go forth to the Earth and take Everyman on a pilgrimage he will never escape At the beginning of the play there is no doubt that this pilgrimage is the road to hell and eternal damnation The character of Everyman is the personification of the human race The play relies heavily on that literary technique Human traits and ideals are personified to more effectively convey the stern message of the play Fellowship knowledge discretion and other human concepts appear not as the intangibles we know them to be but as actual characters conversing and interacting with Everyman By personifying these and other concepts the author allows the theme of Everyman to become more visible though it is difficult to imagine it being overlooked otherwise By having Everyman interact with these conceptualized characters the author externalizes his inner conflict Perhaps this technique seems too obvious or almost condescending to our more literate age but whatever the case it effectively conveys the central message of the play A consequence of this technique is a stage full of characters with whom we cannot identify it is difficult for an audience member medieval or otherwise to identify with a character who is a concept without individuality The uniqueness we associate with humans can not be found here as the characters represented do not represent actual human beings Even Everyman the primary narrative agent is problematic Although we feel for him we can only do
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