A Christmas Carol: A Morality Play

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A morality play, not unlike some of the popular plays I have seen. I think we all have seen this familiar theme many times over the years. As we head into the Christmas season, where reflective thinking becomes this very theme. I can compare this play with some of these seasonal plays. The play that comes to my mind immediately is, "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens.

This theme of reviewing ones life as we are approached by death or the impending visit of death is very recognizable. Scrooge is visited by the spirit of Marley in the Dickens play and told of his impending doom. "Everyman" is visited by the spirit of death and told of his impending doom. The twist here is that Scrooge can do something about it if he just wakes up, "Everyman" has already dug his grave, so to speak. As this is an opinion paper, I think that in both of these cases a man, or "Everyman", is confronted with his own ending and because of this he is going back to review the events in his life. How has he done? What has he done? Is what or how or when been in line with what God thinks as a moral and righteous person.

As I see it, "Everyman" is desperately trying to keep his mind together. I think that "Everyman" might be going through what has been described to me and I am almost sure we have all heard this been described before as a mid-life crisis. Think about it, you are flowing along in your life with all things just peachy and bam, you hit a wall and everything looks backwards and upside down, and in the wrong place. Oh no! I am close to death! How can I stop this? You have heard people say "stop the world I want to get off." I wonder if that is really what one would really think. So we have been made aware of the presence of death, and it is closer than we want it to be. So we do the review thing. What have I done in my life? Has it been enough? If it has not been enough, how can I change that? Where do...

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