Two Sides Of Humanity Essay

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The Two Sides of Humanity The journey of life is like an endless highway. Any number of obstacles could be waiting over the next hill. Fortunately, we may choose our own paths just as we can make our own choices in life. Just as a map provides directions during an excursion, there is a divine guide that provides a map for humanity. For each of us are the administrators of our own destinies. The choice is ours. Thus, in the play Everyman, author unknown, the main character Everyman represents humanity and takes us on his journey through life the same as Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus, the main character Dr. Faustus takes us along his expedition in life. These individuals ...view middle of the document...

A sound magician is a demigod: Here tire my brains to gain a deity!" (2675). Dr. Faustus believes he has reached the pinnacle of his search for knowledge. In comparison, Everyman is driven by wealth. This quest soon becomes his demise. Death, by Gods request, searches out Everyman and tells him he has erred because of his greed. God states, "Every man liveth so after his own pleasure…" (2036). He continues by saying, "They be so cumbered with worldly riches That needs on them I must do justice - On every man living without fear" (2036). Everyman refuses to see he has chosen the wrong path. Even though Death is at his door he states, "In thy power it lieth me to save: Yet of my food will I give thee, if thou will be kind, Yea, a thousand pound shall thou have - And defer this matter till another day" (2037). Everyman refuses to see the error of his ways and believes money can buy him anything, even his life. Unfortunately, this is not so. As noted, Dr. Faustus and Everyman are blinded by their pompous natures. Both search for worldly treasures, knowledge and wealth, instead of a relationship with the divine. Each character is also provided with encouragement in choosing the divine path. A good and bad angel provides guidance to Dr. Faustus. The path he takes is his choice alone. Unfortunately, due to greed and power, Dr. Faustus only listens to the bad angel. The good angel tells him, "O Faustus, lay that damned book aside And gaze not on it, lest it temp thy soul And heap God's heavy wrath upon thy head. Read, read the Scriptures!" (2675). As illustrated, the good angel is not telling Dr. Faustus what he wants to hear. Therefore, Dr. Faustus listens to the bad angel. For instance, the bad angel states, "Go forward, Faustus, in that famous art Wherein all nature's treasury is contained: Be thou on earth, as Jove is in the sky, Lord and commander of these elements" (2675). Because the bad angel tells Dr. Faustus what he wants to hear, he is invigorated by the power. Dr. Faustus chooses to sell his soul for this knowledge, knowing he will spend eternity with Lucifer for this choice. Instead of fearing Lucifer, he worships him. In contrast, Everyman fears his journey and searches for support from others as he faces death. He wants to follow the path to God, but is afraid because of his past sins. He soon finds out that his wealth bought him friends, but now that he needs support, there is no one there for him. Thus, he learns that money cannot buy everything. He states, "In prosperity men friends may find Which in adversity be full unkind" (2042). Everyman continues to beg for help. He turns to Goods. Goods replies, "I lie here in corners, trussed and piled so high, And in chests I am locked so fast - Also sacked in bags - ..." (2043). Goods symbolizes Everyman's money. Everyman does not understand why Goods refuses to assist him. Everyman states, "For it is said ever among That money maketh all right that is wrong" (2044). Even when...

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