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Miracle plays were a popular form of entertainment throughout the Middle Ages, and part of the poetic and dramatic tradition on which Shakespeare drew. Everyman discovers what you can't take with you when you go. He beseeches in turn friends, family (one pleads 'cramp in my toe'), possessions ('I follow no man in such voyages'), and finally falls back on moral and religiou ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 15th 1993 by Everyman Paperback (first published 1508)
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Nancy
Feb 13, 2014 Nancy added it
backdrop to the backdrop: i am going to salzburg in a few months, so i've been learning about it, so I watched a video about the Salzburg music festival, and saw footage of modern-day performances of the the German version of this medieval play "everyman"--Jedermann. It fascinated me, so i've read the English version of the play, as well as the other mystery plays in the book.
It comes as a shock to remember that one of the values of christianity USED to be that a good Christian was supposed to
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Kelli
I love this play! I love the symbolism, the word usage fascinated me when I first read it for a literature class. My favorite part from it is when God speaks concerning materialism: 'How that all creatures be to me unkind, living without dread in worldly prosperity...In worldly riches is all their mind, they fear not my righteousness the sharp rod.' It is very poignant for this time in our world. How materialistic we have come. It fascinates me that this play was written many many hundreds of ye ...more
Holly
Charming and delightful required reading (I love it when that happens). This edition focuses on miracle plays as they were written for performance from the English cycle( from about early 14th to late 16th century). Miracle plays were not only used for entertainment but also as a form of Christian education for laity before literacy, printing and/or state law contributed to decreasing performance although Everyman was still being performed by the end of Elizabeth I reign. This edition is highly ...more
Elizabeth
This review is only about the Everyman play. I would prefer to see it than read it. It's a good universal message about how short life is and you can't take anything with you. Our lives should be led in a way that serves others (good deeds)and not self.
Hannah
I didn't read all of the plays in this, but I very much liked the Biblical narratives. They were funny and to the point. Everyman was also very enjoyable and had a very universal message. The personification of ideas were applicable to every man. :)
Brian
This is very interesting from the standpoint of development of literature and of the ideas of Christianity at the time. But from a pure enjoyment perspective, it ranks pretty low.
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May 31, 2010 Carl added it
not much to say but that it was class required. i think i saw the wors and did not do the book the justice that it most definitely deserves. may revisit in future but for right now...
Rick Davis
This was a real treat to read. I'm most definitely going to read it again at some point.
Michael Barry
"Everyman" is one of those stories that captures the essence of human existence.
Jeremy
better seen than read... directed everyman and loved it so much!
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How can you not love Noah's wife refusing to get on board?
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