Everyman & Everybody Discussion Assignment:
- Read Everyman by Unknown and read Everybody by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins.
- Read Chapter 5 Medieval Theatre in Europe
Given your understanding of Medieval theatre, the era in which Everyman was written, and your understanding of Everybody and the time in which it was written, What do think the world view of the playwrights are given the era in which each play was written in? 3 attachmentsSlide 1 of 3
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EVERYMAN by Anonymous EVERYMAN Here beginneth a treatise how the High Father of Heaven sendeth death to summon every creature to come and give account of their lives in this world, and is in manner of a moral play. MESSENGER I pray you all, give your audience, And hear this matter with reverence, By figure of a moral play. The Summoning of Everyman called it is, That of our lives and ending shows How transitory we be all day. This matter is wondrous precious But the meaning of it is more gracious And sweet to bear away. 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 the soul to weep When the body lieth in clay. Here shall you see how Fellowship and Jollity, Both Strength, Pleasure and Beauty, Will fade from thee as flower
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