Everyman

Death Character Analysis

Death is God’s messenger. He informs Everyman that he must take a pilgrimage to his grave and be called to account for his actions on earth. Though Death obviously represents death, it’s important to note that, in the Christian worldview of the play, death doesn’t represent the end for Everyman, but rather the transition of his soul from earth to the afterlife.

Death Quotes in Everyman

The Everyman quotes below are all either spoken by Death or refer to Death. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Personification and Morality Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Dover Publications edition of Everyman published in 1995.
Everyman Quotes

I set not by gold, silver, nor riches,
Ne by pope, emperor, king, duke, ne princess.
For and I would receive gifts great,
All the world I might get;
But my custom is clean contrary.
I give thee no respite: come hence, and not tarry.

Related Characters: Death (speaker), Everyman
Page Number: 39
Explanation and Analysis:
Quotes explanation long mobile

Unlock explanations and citation info for this and every other Everyman quote.

Plus so much more...

Get LitCharts A+
Already a LitCharts A+ member? Sign in!
Get the entire Everyman LitChart as a printable PDF.
Everyman.pdf.medium

Death Character Timeline in Everyman

The timeline below shows where the character Death appears in Everyman. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Everyman
Death Theme Icon
Sin, Human Nature, and the Material World Theme Icon
...so that they don’t degenerate further into uncharitable, cannibalistic beasts. To do this, he summons Death. (full context)
Personification and Morality Theme Icon
Death Theme Icon
Sin, Human Nature, and the Material World Theme Icon
Death enters, and God orders him to tell Everyman that he must immediately go on a... (full context)
Death Theme Icon
Death approaches Everyman, asking if he has forgotten his maker and informing him that God wants... (full context)
Death Theme Icon
Salvation, Humility, and the Catholic Church Theme Icon
Everyman exclaims that Death came when he had least expected him, and then he tries to bribe Death with... (full context)