Is silence considered a theme in the play and if so how is it portrayed in the play?

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One of the important themes of A Man for All Seasons is individualism; Thomas More stays faithful to his personal religious doctrine regardless of what Henry VIII forces upon him. This theme of individualism could be related to silence in multiple perspectives. Most of the people during the reign of Henry VIII remained silent and obedient to Henry VIII's religious reformation for the sole purpose of divorce. No one was brave enough to stand up for their beliefs. This silence lead to the the misguided religious reformation in the country. However the silence was broken by the assertive and strong-willed Thomas More's statement on what a true belief and faith is. Thomas More managed to speak out loud and have his voice heard regardless of the consequences.

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