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EveryFaustusEveryman and Doctor Faustus are both Morality Plays, these are specifically plays that existed within the Medieval period. They were popular during this period as they were intended to instruct the audience, both with an overtone of Christian values. The morality play is essentially an allegory written in dramatic form. In the fourteenth Century, morality plays were mainly based on the seven deadly sins as in everyman with each character representing each sin. Everyman centers around allegory. It focuses on the allegorical representations of moral issues with the inclusion of figures that represent abstractions of the issues that are confronted.In comparing the plays Everyman and Dr. Faustus, many differences can be found. Everyman is a medieval play, written by an anonymous author, while Dr. Faustus, written by Christopher Marlowe, is a Renaissance play. The fact that the two plays come from different time periods in English literature can be accredited as a main reason for their many differences. While both plays discuss ideas of sin and redemption, each play deals with these ideas in a different manner. Everyman is a morality play in allegory form . It serves as a warning against sin, attributing redemption to one's good works. Throughout the play, the character of Everyman represents mankind. This play is a very good example of how medieval writers, usually clergymen, viewed man's insufficiency in God's eyes. Marlowe's play, however, offers a different perspective on sin and attributes redemption to faith, not works. As Faustus' life continues in the play, the audience may wonder whether or not his "sins" are truly wrong. This play offers a new way of looking at sin, challenging traditional values of right and wrong. 1
When comparing these two plays, their difference in purpose becomes manifest; with each play working to evoke a different emotion in its audience. As a morality play, the purpose of Everyman is as a lesson. Directed toward a common folk audience during the medieval period, the play is meant to instruct. Written by an anonymous author, most likely a clergyman of the time, the play shows the evils of sin and the importance of good works. At the beginning of the play, God is heard expressing his disappointment in everyman. Everyman has forgotten God's sacrifice and has neglected to build up his mansion in Heaven. God's sacrifice was his death upon the cross in order to save Everyman; Everyman proves he has forgotten this by using the seven deadly sins.