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Unformatted text preview: Rachel L. Gates L ITR 103 Journal Assignment Uni t 3 Allegory helps convey the play’s in tended message by clarifying the duties of a man w hose life hasn’t been that of a Christian nature. In tu rn, this technique makes i t possible for the audience or readers to understand how “Everyman” is able to achieve salvation upon his death. The audience is better able to understand the characters on more than one level, t wo dimensionally, if you will, a li teral dimension and a symbolic dimension. A llegory involves the personification of abstract qualities, for example, Beauty. On t he other hand, another example would be the personification of an event (e.g. Death). Allegory evokes a dual interest in these characters and events and in the ideas they represent or the significance they put forth. Since allegory is being used in mortali ty plays, of which “Everyman” is. I t is assisting the audience in u nderstanding the concept and moral of the story. This play speaks to the medieval man’s anxiety about getting better prepared for death, in a sense to teach him how to die well. The allegory technique is quite functional for both viewers and readers. As each individual receives the play, he or she can easily identify and relate to each character th rough this method. When I ini tially read the play, I caught myself having to scroll back to the list of characters to make sure I understood what each of them stood for. I caught on quickly and was able to make sense of what was happening. This is the fi rst play t hat I have read where allegory was used. I thought i t was rather interesting. I am t rying to recall if I have ever seen a movie where this technique is used. ...
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- Spring '08
- Theatre, Rachel L. Gates, Journal Assignment Uni