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Man For All Seasons - Sir Thomas More

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Sir Thomas More: A Discussion Paper Nick Kotzman This discussion paper focuses on the character of Sir Thomas More in the play A Man For All Seasons, written by Robert Bolt in 1960. This paper will explore the character of More: his religion, his occupation, his conscience and the way in which they are brought into conflict. It is these aspects of More's character that ultimately lead to his demise and thereby offers a moral message for the reader. Thomas More's religion is the core influence on his decisions he makes throughout the play. It is More's Catholic views that hold him back from approving King Henry's plans to divorce Catherine, in order to marry Anne Boleyn. ...read more.

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This deeply-held theological belief comes into conflict with his duties as a statesman. More's occupation directly conflicts with his personal beliefs when the King asks him to approve the divorce. More is described as 'honest' and that he is 'known to be honest' by King Henry and this is why the King seeks his approval of the divorce. The King wants to use More's reputation as a man of principal to approve of the divorce. However for More to approve of the divorce he would have to betray those very principals. This puts More in an awkward position, stuck between his political position and his true beliefs. By telling More that 'your conscience is your own affair, but you are my chancellor', Henry clearly expects More to conform and approve. ...read more.

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Henry does not want anyone, like More, opposing his marriage plans so if More does not approve, he must be killed to ensure Henry does not appear to be undermined by one of his most senior advisors. The message to the reader here is about conscience - how much would you be prepared to sacrifice to hold true to your conscience? This question to the reader is reinforced in the alternative ending written by Bolt, where the Common Man reflects on More's death and questions whether the sacrifice was worth it. More's religion and occupation conflict, and cause chaos within his conscience. A Man For All Seasons is less a story of King Henry VIII's formation of the Church of England, but more about a man's struggle to stay true to his conscience in a world of compromise and pragmatism. ...read more.

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