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Reflections on Life, Death, and the Constitution$
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George Anastaplo

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125336

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125336.001.0001

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. Resurrection and Death in Everyman

. Resurrection and Death in Everyman

(p.25) 4. Resurrection and Death in Everyman
Reflections on Life, Death, and the Constitution

George Anastaplo

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter examines resurrection and death in Everyman, considered as the greatest of English morality plays. It observes that death, ordained by God Himself, is exhibited as an inevitable limit on human life. It opines that although one may “know” of this limit from early on in one's life, death can still appear unexpectedly. It theorizes that if a series of reincarnations on Earth is not posited, death is always substantially unexpected in that the human being has never had that experience personally and hence cannot truly know what is coming. Moreover, expectations with respect to death can be complicated because of the variety of prevailing opinions about what happens to the soul after death. It opines that the teaching of Everyman, which is massively Christian in its presuppositions, can make death appear far more ominous than it may naturally seem to be.

Keywords:   resurrection, death, Everyman, English morality plays, God, human life, reincarnations, Earth, soul, Christian

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