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Everyman the play is a lesson in correct or righteous behavior thought belief and action for the common man of the day The majority of the play is devoted to demonstrating how temporary everything in life is as death approaches except good deeds The play follows a pattern where Everyman the universal protagonist pleads with a character who is the physical embodiment of some worldly attribute to go with him on a journey to his day of reckoning which is followed by promises of allegience from the other characters ending in ultimate betrayal The play takes one noticeable break from this pattern in order to take off on a tangent led by two of the earthy characters Knowledge and the Five-wits The choice to use these characters was probably no accident and hopefully as we examine the lines from 706 to 769 we shall see whyOn line 706 Knowledge begins a discussion or more accurately a sermon on the usefulness and power of the priesthood He beginsand any wise means at all costs Here is an example in the play where the use of the allegorical figures starts to become transparent and then the names of the characters spoken almost tongue-in-cheek Therefore the lines almost read Everyman in the audience carefully listen to what I have to say go to your priesthood local clergyman I you advise and listen to him and follow his counsel at all costs through both physical and financial costs This counsel is then immediately backed up by Five-wits line 713 who adds that there is no emperor king duke nor baron that has been commissioned by God as the very least priest in the world has been Not only does this statement help impress the importance of the clergy in everymans life but it also subtely works to help assert the dominance of the clergy over the ruling classes which the ruling classes should allow if they want to follow
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