We all go through a pilgrimage sometime throughout our lives. Whether we consider that pilgrimage as an odyssey that encompasses our entire lives or a series of events before ones death, a pilgrimage ultimately works towards a spiritual goal. It is a journey in which one travels to a holy place, whether real or imaginary, with the purpose of venerating it or asking for supernatural guidance.
What is interesting about pilgrimages, though, is that they often occur when one is facing death. In the case of Everyman, he has lived a life focused on material objects and has been consumed by lust and wealth. He is more concerned with worldly goods (beauty, strength, etc.) than he is its counterpart, love of God. It is only in the face of God’s messenger Death, though, does he finally undergo a transformation.
The author portrays the character Everyman as the “stereotypical” person. While his reasoning for doing this may evolve out of a more Medieval mindset, it personally stands false. I view my life as being one big pilgrimage from birth to death, and I do not need to be in a lethal situation in order to understand that I need to re-evaluate my priorities.
There are instances in which a dying man wants to apologize to all the people who he has wronged in the past and wants to make amends, a demonstration of repent. I have seen a close family member in such a situation, but it is a somewhat pathetic sight. To have one of my closest cousins apologize to me for how he had psychologically played with me growing up is very low. If he had not been facing death, he would have done no such thing, and would have never realized his mistakes.
From the moment one can conceptualize his or her life, one must recognize that death can happen at any moment, but that one must not lead a superficial life just to undergo a revelation that alters their outlook on the world. Everyman does a good job to teach those who fail to lead a balanced life that we must keep our honor intact and...