Two sides of humanity

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The Two Sides of Humanity The journey of life is like an endless highway. Any number of obstacles could be waiting over the next hill. Fortunately, we may choose our own paths just as we can make our own choices in life. Just as a map provides directions during an excursion, there is a divine guide that provides a map for humanity. For each of us are the administrators of our own destinies. The choice is ours. Thus, in the play Everyman, author unknown, the main character Everyman represents humanity and takes us on his journey through life the same as Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus, the main character Dr. Faustus takes us along his expedition in life. These individuals represent the two sides of humanity. They each face death and their souls must pay for their past life. Each chose a different direction and now must pay the consequences for those choices.

Hence, both men are driven by hubris except for each man travels a separate path towards their destiny.

Everyman and Dr. Faustus are both driven towards power and success. The differences between them are the elements that are the force behind each. Dr. Faustus thrives on the pursuit for knowledge. He is exhilarated by education. This pursuit is equivalent to an addiction for Dr. Faustus. For instance, he studies literature, law and medicine. But this is not enough; boredom settles in and Dr. Faustus begins to search for the ultimate power - magic. As Dr. Faustus becomes excited over this prospect, he states, "O what a world of profit and delight, Of power, of honor, of omnipotence, Is promised to the studious artisan! All things that move between the quiet poles Shall be at my command." Dr Faustus continues by saying, "Emperors and kings Are but obeyed...