Is A Man for All Seasons a relevant historical drama to a modern audience?

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jihyunkim67 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

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Most definitely yes. Thomas More in A Man for All Seasons was executed for believing in his religious doctrine and staying true to his faith. He represents the heroic figure who refused to submit to his King for the higher power of God. Everyone else around him changed their religion as Henry VIII wished because he used violence and torture. No one else was brave enough to stand up to Henry VIII and criticize the king for abusing his power. If there was no individual like Thomas More, the history would have faced a chaos where a single man dictates the world without control and forges history. This can be linked to Antigone in the play of the same name or any other historical figures who stood up for what they believed even when the consequences were huge. The modern audience can relate to Thomas More for his brevity and faithfulness for what an individual believes is correct.


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