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October 04, 2005

Qualities of Life: Personified

Discretion: "Everyman, advise you first of all;
Go with a good advisement and deliberation;
We all give you virtuous monitiion
That all shall be well."

I thought it was interesting to see the different sides of human thought: discretion, confession, strength, etc., personified as characters. People often think according to one "catagory" or "train" of thought at a time. When confronted with death, the Everyman must one, or sometimes two at a time, analyze his character. He recognizes what parts of his character are strong and reliable, and what parts are lacking.

I wonder why the playwright wrote a play reminding his audience that, "For after death amends may no man make." Considering its medieval origins, perhaps the playwright was accurately suggesting that the medieval times were lacking in morality.

Posted by DavidDenninger at October 4, 2005 10:05 AM


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