English 231
Dr. Desmet
Winter 1997

THE ALLEGORICAL PLOT OF EVERYMAN

Messenger
God
Death
Death demands the account book from Everyman and tells him to prepare for his Pilgrimage

Everyman loses his companions
    Fellowship
    Kindred and Cousin
    Goods
    Good Deeds (bound to the ground by Everyman's sins, l 486)
Everyman's penance
    Confession
    Knowledge (or contrition, Knowledge of sin)
    "Scourge of Penance" (l 605)
Everyman's good deeds are liberated (l 619)
Knowledge gives Everyman a "garment of sorrow" (l 643)
Knowledge advises Everyman to seek out a priest and receive extreme unction (l 706)

Digression on the priesthood
Everyman's bodily progress toward death: He loses
    Beauty
    Strength
    Discretion
    Five-Wits
    Knowledge remains until he sees where Everyman "shall become" (l 863)

Everyman and Good Deeds Descend into the Grave
Knowledge hears the Angels sing
The angel welcomes Everyman and tells him his "reckoning is clear"

Doctor recounts the Moral