. Resurrection and Death in <i>Everyman</i>

George Anastaplo

in Reflections on Life, Death, and the Constitution

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125336
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135243 | DOI:
. Resurrection and Death in Everyman

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This chapter examines resurrection and death in Everyman, considered as the greatest of English morality plays. It observes that death, ordained by God Himself, is exhibited as an inevitable limit on human life. It opines that although one may “know” of this limit from early on in one's life, death can still appear unexpectedly. It theorizes that if a series of reincarnations on Earth is not posited, death is always substantially unexpected in that the human being has never had that experience personally and hence cannot truly know what is coming. Moreover, expectations with respect to death can be complicated because of the variety of prevailing opinions about what happens to the soul after death. It opines that the teaching of Everyman, which is massively Christian in its presuppositions, can make death appear far more ominous than it may naturally seem to be.

Keywords: resurrection; death; Everyman; English morality plays; God; human life; reincarnations; Earth; soul; Christian

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Subjects: US Politics

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