43 pages 1 hour read



Fiction | Play | Adult | Published in 1485

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After Reading

Discussion/Analysis Prompt

Throughout the play, Everyman learns that he must repent because he has spent his life in pursuit of Goods rather than Good Deeds. What are some specific examples of the “goods” whose pursuit has made Everyman’s life so sinful? Why are these goods so detrimental to the soul? Do you agree with the play’s message that such goods are a bad thing?

Teaching Suggestion: Goods is the personification of earthly and material prosperity, especially money. In Christianity, material prosperity was traditionally seen as harmful for the soul, tempting one to live sinfully and impeding their entrance to Heaven.

Differentiation Suggestion: For students who would benefit from assistance with abstract thinking, considering setting up frames or context for students to answer this question in a classroom discussion. For example, students might benefit from thinking about good and sin on a more concrete level: What are some examples of sins in Christianity? What are examples of material goods? What are some ways in which pursuing material goods may tempt somebody into sinning? Graphic organizers, such as a Venn diagram or T-chart, might also be useful for a more visual approach.