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A Man for All Seasons

In Matthew 16:26 (21st Century King James Version), Jesus asks, For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Sir Thomas More's quip in A Man for All...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2020 11:05 am UTC

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At one point in Robert Bolt’s drama A Man for All Seasons, Sir Thomas More says to his daughter, “When a man takes an oath, Meg, he is holding his own self in his own hands. Like Water. And, if...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2012 6:37 am UTC

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The Common Man, as his name indicated, plays the role of the average person or everyman in this play. As such, he appears in a number of different guises. While he is not based on any historic...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2018 8:09 pm UTC

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Very late in the second act of Robert Bolt’s play A Man for All Seasons, Sir Thomas More suggests the reasons that he has refused to take the oath that has been demanded of him: Now that the...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2012 4:57 am UTC

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A Man for All Seasons

A Man for All Seasons is the story of the integrity of Thomas More, who stood up for his beliefs against a King, at the cost of his life. This theme can be broken down into sub-themes, including...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2008 8:34 am UTC

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Bolt's play deals with a universal dilemma, one still quite relevant in today's world: the problem of standing by one's convictions when the consequences for doing so are dire. Thomas More is asked...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2017 6:56 pm UTC

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Henry VIII trusts Sir Thomas More because he can count on his unswerving loyalty and incorruptibility. While other courtiers shamelessly abuse their positions of power and influence to line their...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2019 6:02 am UTC

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The Common Man shows us how the power struggles of Tudor court life effect everybody, not just elite members of society such as Sir Thomas More. The various characters played by The Common Man are...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2018 11:34 am UTC

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The Common Man serves a similar role to the classical Greek Chorus in Robert Bolt's play A Man for All Seasons, in that through his observations, the audience's reactions are influenced and they...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2016 2:30 pm UTC

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Matthew, More's steward, who is also the Common Man, drinks some of More's wine. More realizes this and does not get upset, but merely comments that he hopes it was good. This seemingly minor...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2019 2:09 pm UTC

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I assume that you are referring to the death of Sir Thomas More as depicted in the play, A Man for all Seasons, by Robert Bolt, which has also been made into a movie. Although this play is based on...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2010 10:33 pm UTC

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Thomas More didn't actually give Richard Rich a gift. As Chancellor of England, one of his duties was to act as judge over civil disputes. Often people would try to bribe him to make a judgment in...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2008 9:19 am UTC

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More's principles and faith in God were critically important to him. If he made a promise, an oath, then it was binding - it wasn't just something he said to get him through that moment in his...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2007 11:19 am UTC

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A Man for All Seasons

Robert Bolt's play, A Man for All Seasons, is about the conflict that erupts when the pope, Sir Thomas More, refuses to grant King Henry VIII a divorce from Catherine of Aragon. More remains...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2011 9:32 pm UTC

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This is a great question. It is first important to know where these words come from. They are taken from the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible - Jeremiah 29:11. The context of the book of Jeremiah is very...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2012 5:10 am UTC

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The common man is effectively the audience(if you think that the majority of people watching the play would be a base and crafty figure who dons different costumes to enact the roles of More's...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2007 12:49 am UTC

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Robert Bolt's play A Man for All Seasons concerns the historic Thomas More's disapproval of King Henry VIII's desire to break from the Roman Catholic Church. Henry VIII desired to do so in order to...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2015 6:59 am UTC

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All of Arthur Miller's "Elements of Tragedy" are in place in Bolt's A Man for All Seasons, with only the concept of the tragic hero giving us some trouble. You could argue that More is not a...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2009 3:20 am UTC

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The three texts in questions are highly aware of themselves as literary fiction. Bolt takes a well-known historical event (Henry VIII's divorce and Thomas More's resistance to endorsing the...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2020 7:11 pm UTC

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The title of Robert Bolt’s play A Man for All Seasons comes from a description of Sir Thomas More by one of his contemporaries, Robert Whittington (see link below): "More is a man of an angel's...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2012 7:53 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2012 11:33 pm UTC

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The thematic focus of Robert Bolt's play A Man for All Seasons is the nobility of what may seem to be a very ordinary, mundane virtue: obedience to the law. In A Man for All Seasons, abiding to the...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2019 8:55 pm UTC

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The preface provides a synopsis of the historical events that lead to More being placed in a situation in which he has to decide between his church and his king. Bolt also states that he rejects a...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2020 11:14 pm UTC

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The key to succeeding in this assignment is creating an outline that enables you to organize your essay thematically. In other words, rather than just summarizing Blot's play, you should divide...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2017 2:11 am UTC

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I think that the heart of Bolt's drama is the collision between transcendent idealism and practical materialism. Sir Thomas More is depicted as a figure who will not sacrifice his beliefs. While...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2011 11:15 pm UTC

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Essentially More is an Honest man, as King Henry VIII points out to him in their conversation early in Act 1. That need to remain honest extended from a fear of going to hell. This was the 16th...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2008 6:51 pm UTC

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I think that Thomas More is the most sympathetic character, while nearly everyone else is cruel in the film. More is the most sympathetic because in the film he is a force of constancy in a world...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2015 12:45 pm UTC

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There are multiple themes present in A Man for All Seasons including corruption, law and ethics. Corruption is observed by Richard Rich who sells out his moral doctrine and his friend Thomas More...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2012 4:39 am UTC

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In act 2 of Robert Bolt's play A Man for All Seasons, Thomas More speaks of the “Apostolic Succession of the Pope.” The Duke of Norfolk, trying to convince More to support King Henry's action of...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2020 3:07 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2012 4:01 am UTC

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The play opens with the Common Man speaking. The stage directions describe him as “Late middle age. He wears from head to foot black tights which delineate his pot-bellied figure. His face is...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2007 8:13 pm UTC

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It would be easy to say that indeed Sir Thomas More as portrayed in Robert Bolt`s A Man for All Seasons fits that definition of a tragic hero. There are two problems with the easy answer. First,...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2012 7:51 am UTC

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Bolt depicts More as a man who recognizes permanence in the face of contingency. Bolt constructs More as one who possesses "an adamantine sense of self." This aspect of his characterization...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2014 10:53 pm UTC

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Let me give you a summary based on three memorable points. Context. First, you need to know that the play takes place in the 1530s. During this time, most of Europe was religious. In other words,...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2015 5:00 pm UTC

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The short answer is 'yes'. "[Thomas] More, "wrote Robert Whittinton in 1520, "is a man of an angel's wit and singular learning. I know not his fellow. For where is the man of that gentleness,...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2010 3:55 am UTC

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My edition opens with an epigraph written about More by Robert Whittinton. It says: "More is a man of an angel's wit and singular learning; I know not his fellow. For where is the man of...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2007 4:06 am UTC

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The fundamental basis of Sir Thomas More's character is integrity. Throughout the play A Man for All Seasons, he acts according to his religious beliefs, which pit loyalty to God against loyalty to...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2020 8:53 pm UTC

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In act 1, the Common Man wonders why he is addressing the audience, as he is not a king or a cardinal or anyone of importance. He finally says, The Sixteenth Century is the Century of the Common...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2020 12:09 am UTC

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No. If every man had a price, then the King would have gotten the annulment he wanted, would not have broken with the Church, and the history of England would have been changed dramatically. Also,...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2009 12:02 am UTC

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In A Man For All Seasons, Sir Thomas More is a a man who stands upon his convictions rather than submit to an oath he believes to be false. More, a devout Catholic, was also prominent in the court...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2012 4:59 am UTC

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The role of the common man is an attempt by Robert Bolt to make the play, which set in the 16th century, more contemporary. He inserts an audience, the Common Man, whose asides to the audience are...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2008 4:31 am UTC

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The biblical quote is from Deuteronomy 31.6: Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you....

Latest answer posted April 19, 2012 5:26 pm UTC

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As you note, these words come from 1 Timothy 6:12. More specifically, these are the words of the apostle Paul to his beloved son in the faith, Timothy. The main point of these words is that God...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2012 5:17 am UTC

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More's final authority is God - as enotes states in the first link below, he "placed God's rule over that of the State". Even though he might have been willing to compromise his ethics...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2008 7:29 am UTC

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A Man for All Seasons

"A Man for All Seasons" is a play by Robert Bolt. It depicts the relationship between King Henry VIII of England and his Chancellor, Sir Thomas More. When Henry decided to divorce Katherine of...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2009 5:55 am UTC

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Thomas More is executed on a trumped-up charge of treason. As a devout Catholic, he is unable to sign up to the Act of Supremacy, an important piece of legislation that makes King Henry VIII head...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2019 5:42 am UTC

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Women played several roles in this play, but almost all of them were relatively minor. The most common role is foil. The woman who stops him on the way to the gallows is essentially a foil—she...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2007 11:01 am UTC

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A Man for All Seasons

An author, humanist, and lawyer who rises to being lord chancellor of England, Sir Thomas More is "The Man for All Seasons." A man is his forties, More is a witty man who is a loyal Englishman....

Latest answer posted July 29, 2009 1:17 pm UTC

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"No man can serve two masters" is taken from Matthew 6:24 and Luke 16:13. Jesus was explaining that it is not possible to devote yourself to God and to any other power or pursuit at the...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2007 4:42 am UTC

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A Man for All Seasons

Robert Bolt's 1960 script for A Man for All Seasons is one of the more thoughtful and eloquent presentations of religious faith and the consequences of placing principle above all else that has...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2015 2:08 am UTC

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