Epiphany at Death and the Road to Salvation

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Epiphany at Death and the Road to Salvation
In Everyman and Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus, the protagonists are faced with their judgment day and presented with an account of their lives. Everyman is a man wealthy materialistically, while Faustus is wealthy in arts such as logic, medicine, law, and divinity. Everyman represents the men in society who are fixed in their material lives and lose sight of Christ. He befriends men who abandon him while on a pilgrimage to Christ, learning that what he once valued, his wealth, is useless to him when he has to account for his lack of good deeds. Faustus unlimited intelligence, yet he is dissatisfied with his gift; he would prefer experiment with black magic. Faustus gives his soul to the devil in exchange for the power to perform black magic, but he is ultimately damned to hell because of his decision and failure to recognize his fault. Faustus and Everyman fail to recognize Christ and their afterlife is left at stake. On the road to salvation, death serves as a groundbreaking event in the life of mortal men. Throughout their quest, Everyman and Faustus struggle to prove themselves worthy of greater afterlife through misusage of their mortal lives.
Everyman is approached by the devil with a pilgrimage which he must partake, one where he will not come back alive. He seeks help in that those who befriend and abandon him during his lifetime such as: beauty, goods, and knowledge cannot help him on his journey. Good Deeds is the only character that could assist everyman, but Good Deeds is outweighed by sin, and is ultimately unable to help Everyman. Good Deeds represents that which every man must present to Christ to be judged. Everyman’s sin outweighs his good deeds, jeopardizing his salvation; Man must achieve salvation through their own efforts—good deeds. “Everyman must face God in the final judgment of death. None…...

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