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: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Dover Publications edition of Everyman published in 1995.).
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.
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.