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A Man for all Seasons

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There is a constant clash between one's morality and immorality in the play. Discuss. Every person on this planet is unique in some way. We all have ways to identify ourselves from the masses. For some people it's a talent that they possess, for others the way they dress. Some people define themselves by wealth and power whereas others tend to use their morals and or religious beliefs. In the play,' A Man for All Seasons '(Robert Bolt), Sir Thomas More is just such a person. Thomas More is the chancellor for King Henry VIII and is a very religious man. Early in the play it becomes clear that the play will revolve around More and his morals. We learn that King Henry VIII plans to divorce his brother s widow Queen Catherine because she has not borne him a son. Things become complicated when Henry finds that the Pope will not grant him a divorce. Henry decides that he will divorce the church and start his own, the Church of England where he can be the supreme leader, and dissolve his marriage. Though a minor character in the place, the Common Man can be considered an immoral as he played many roles in gathering information and knowledge on More ; it can be said that the Common Man was leading More to his death as he was man that was spying on More. ...read more.


It is his belief that there can only be one god, one supreme ruler and that is the Catholic god. But really how moral is this? What he is basically doing is putting his life and his family's life in danger. He is going directly against the will of the King. Not very many people went against the will of the King and got away with it and it s not just his life on the line but his social standing and economic situation as well. More is resolve is admirable but the majority of us I would think a little harder on this scenario because as the stakes get higher it becomes clear that More will have to cling to his morals at the cost of his job and his relationship with his family. He ends up resigning from his post as chancellor. The clash between the moral standards of More and the immorality of the subject of the King's to divorce was an essential theme in the play. More cannot stay silent from the case as he is well 'known for his honesty...'. More was found guilty of High Treason after the perjurous testimony of Richard Rich, an immoral opportunist who sold his own soul for bureaucratic advancement - in other words, an archetypal "modern" man. ...read more.


But when it came to the King's "Great Matter," as Henry's desire to annul his marriage to Catherine came to be known, More could not condone an act that the Pope expressly refused to sanction. The destruction of a man is materialistic, while defeat is spiritual. Although More was killed, his "soul", lives on. More held on to his convictions, beliefs and ideals, without allowing others to interfere with them. He stands tall despite the pressure from the most meaningful people in his life; his family and friends. He knows where he is going as he speaks to the Common Man, "Friend, be not afraid of your office. You send me to God " . Risking his family, friends, and ultimately his own life is quite a powerful indication that More is a man of great virtue. It is so important to follow you heart and to do what you think is right. If you don t then people will see that and push you around. You have to be independent and think for yourself. The rewards for this are immense. But you won t know how so until you experience them for yourself. Obviously Thomas More agreed with on this subject. But in my book, family comes first so his actions were more immoral than moral. ...read more.

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