February 25, 2007


Anonymous, ''Everyman'' -- Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)

"The story saith,-Man, in the beginning,
Look well, and take good heed to the ending,
Be you never so gay!
Ye think sin in the beginning full sweet,
Which in the end causeth thy soul to weep..." (Everyman)

I was very pleased with the production of Everyman, and after reading the morality play, I understand how there is a realism not only in the 15th century, but in our society. The moral behind maintaining our good deeds and losing our worldly possessions can be understood in any time period because of the reality behind the message of the play. Being able to understand how sins have overtaken society, and since the people in that time period believed in a Christian God, the play makes perfect sense because that was, and still is the belief of the people who believe in God.

I particularly enjoyed the role of Everyman because of the hard transition that he faced throughout of the play. While Everyman was on his journey, it appears that he understands the importance of who is crucial to join them on their journey. Everyman is a character that many consider to be just like themselves, because after all, Everyman is a representation of the each and every one of us. Considering the Paris essay "The Uses of Psychology," understanding the concept of realistic fiction, and relating the two together, the audience can create a relationship between the personas of Everyman and their own characteristics that are either positive or negative.

Posted by The Gentle Giant at February 25, 2007 8:00 PM

I think that using Paris understanding of Psychology with fictional works does help with the mimetic idea. I agree that the themes of the play still work with today's audience. that is the greatness of the play, it's ability to cross eras and still be incrediably relevant.

Posted by: Mitchell Steele at March 1, 2007 3:17 PM
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