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Murder in the Cathedral

The chorus in Murder in the Cathedral is composed of ordinary women of Canterbury who are neither saints like Thomas Becket nor sinners like the Knights. They are, like the audience, onlookers who...

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Murder in the Cathedral

In T. S. Eliot's Murder in the Cathedral, Thomas, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has returned from exile, yet the conflicts with the king that had sent him into exile are far from being resolved. In...

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T.S. Eliot's Murder in the Cathedral was commissioned by Bishop George Bell as a response to Nazi abuse of power. It calls on people to resist tyranny and is based on the real story of Thomas...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2016, 1:10 pm (UTC)

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The four temptations faced by Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury, are variations on the three temptations Jesus faced when Satan tempted him in the desert, plus a fourth. As the play...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2017, 10:43 am (UTC)

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Murder in the Cathedral

Murder in the Cathedral is not a realist play but a meditation on the importance of doing the right thing, even if it means dying for it. Although set in the 12th century (1170) and concerning a...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2017, 12:49 pm (UTC)

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Murder in the Cathedral

T. S. Eliot's play Murder in the Cathedral uses a chorus of women of Canterbury in a similar fashion to many of the plays of ancient Greece. Here the Chorus opens the play with a reflection on the...

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Murder in the Cathedral

Murder in the Cathedral tells the story of the events that led to the demise of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury. The Archbishop is murdered in the cathedral by four knights in the last part...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2018, 10:43 am (UTC)

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Murder in the Cathedral

Christianity is clearly at the very forefront of this play as Thomas in his position as Archbishop of Canterbury is forced to choose between devotion to God and his understanding of spirituality...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2013, 6:53 pm (UTC)

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Murder in the Cathedral

The three priests represents the institutional church wanting to protect its own. They also represent the church taking a worldly view of the events that are unfolding as Henry II moves against...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2018, 5:33 am (UTC)

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Murder in the Cathedral

T. S. Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral represented a significant transition in the history of dramaturgy. Before Eliot wrote Murder in the Cathedral, it had been assumed that verse was somewhat...

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Murder in the Cathedral

The archbishop is silent after the fourth temptation because it really does tempt him. The fourth temptation is to do the right deed for the wrong reason. Becket knows he should stand firm against...

Latest answer posted June 4, 2017, 11:49 am (UTC)

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In Murder in the Cathedral Eliot does not exhibit a modernist approach in the manner of Genet, Beckett, Ionesco, and many other twentieth-century dramatists. Nor can he be said to deal with...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2018, 10:32 pm (UTC)

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Murder in the Cathedral

The chorus in Murder in the Cathedral functions like a chorus in a Greek drama, commenting on the play's unfolding action. The women who comprise the chorus voice the thoughts of the average...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2017, 11:52 am (UTC)

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Murder in the Cathedral

The title Murder in the Cathedral is factual and straightforward: it describes what happened to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Beckett, who opposed the will of King Henry II. He was murdered...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2019, 2:11 am (UTC)

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Murder in the Cathedral

I would argue that Murder in the Cathedral doesn't so much concern the conflict between the individual and the state as that between an individual representing a higher social and moral principle...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2018, 9:28 am (UTC)

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Murder in the Cathedral

T. S. Eliot’s play centers on the difference between spiritual and terrestrial responsibility. Thomas Becket has taken an oath to support the king, Henry II of England, who is the embodiment of...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2019, 7:42 pm (UTC)

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Murder in the Cathedral

Thomas Becket is the tragic hero in this play for two reasons. One, his friendship with Henry II, who supposedly made the comment, "Will anyone rid me of this priest?!" in the midst of his guards...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2011, 2:10 am (UTC)

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While Becket has honorable qualities and espouses his ambitions as being toward holiness only, his world view permitted competition against the ambitions of the King of England to be an element of...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2015, 2:12 am (UTC)

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Murder in the Cathedral

Murder in the Cathedral by T.S. Eliot is a drama based on real-life assassination of Archbishop Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral. The play is derived from the eyewitness account provided by...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018, 3:12 am (UTC)

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Murder in the Cathedral

Murder in the Cathedral is about the Archbishop of Canterbury's moral struggle against Henry II. Henry has stripped him of the chancellorship of England because the archbishop has excommunicated...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2016, 6:19 pm (UTC)

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Did Thomas Becket have a tragic flaw? In the classical sense, I suppose you could say that his flaw was pride. However, that pride manifested itself in obedience to the church and fulfilling his...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2008, 7:42 am (UTC)

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Murder in the Cathedral

I believe this play's themes can be considered "modern," and that the play itself, then, can be considered a modern drama. If one looks at the play literally, there are still places in the world...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2010, 11:13 am (UTC)

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Murder in the Cathedral

Hello! 'Murder In The Cathedral' highlights the controversial enmity between King Henry II and Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury. Becket's eventual murder at the hands of knights loyal to...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2015, 9:42 pm (UTC)

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Murder in the Cathedral

The historical events behind Eliot's verse drama pertain to an on-going quarrel between King Henry II--who is reported to have shouted, "Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?"--and Thomas...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2011, 8:39 am (UTC)

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Murder in the Cathedral

T.S. Eliot was first and foremost a poet, and in this 1935 play, commissioned by George Bell, the bishop of Chichester, to critique Nazi abuses of power, Eliot writes primarily in verse. In fact,...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2016, 4:05 pm (UTC)

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Murder in the Cathedral

Like much twentieth-century drama, Murder in the Cathedral was experimental in form. Eliot moved away from nineteenth-century prose drama by writing the play, with the exception of the Christmas...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2021, 1:36 pm (UTC)

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It is very important to remember that Eliot wrote the play to be performed as part of the 1935 Canterbury Festival, and it was actually performed only a very short distance from the actual place...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2013, 7:51 am (UTC)

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The scene containing the knights' speech provides comic relief, and its function is to force the audience to think about the gravity of the situation. The knights and their justification of the...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2015, 9:19 pm (UTC)

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Murder in the Cathedral

The external conflict is between the temporal power represented by King Henry II and the spiritual power of the Church as represented by his former friend, Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2018, 6:24 am (UTC)

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To use a well-worn phrase, I beg to differ with the previous answer. The conflict between Becket and Henry II had everything to do with conflict between church and state. When Henry maneuvered...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2009, 9:03 am (UTC)

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Murder in the Cathedral

T. S. Eliot's play Murder in the Cathedral is based on an actual historical event, the murder of Thomas Beckett, Archbishop of Canterbury, on December 29, 1170, in Canterbury Cathedral, probably at...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2015, 9:57 am (UTC)

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Murder in the Cathedral

The Tempters and the Knights have completely different roles in Murder in the Cathedral, although, depending on the individual production, they may well be played by the same actors. The Tempters...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2019, 4:53 am (UTC)

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Murder in the Cathedral

Eliot sought to combine his poetic talent with the form of drama in this excellent and outstanding text. It is easy to see the massive influence that poetry has on this play, as there are only two...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2013, 4:57 pm (UTC)

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One of the really interesting aspects of this play is the way in which history is shown to merge with the present in a very real and tangible way. The play was originally written for performance as...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2012, 7:43 pm (UTC)

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Murder in the Cathedral

T. S. Eliot's magnificent play, Murder in the Cathedral, deals with the last days of Thomas Becket following his return from exile in France in 1170. Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury, had spent...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2011, 1:31 am (UTC)

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Murder in the Cathedral

In T. S. Eliot's play Murder in the Cathedral, one reason Archbishop Thomas Becket is isolated is due to the fact that he went into exile in France for seven years. The second reason Becket is...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2015, 11:42 pm (UTC)

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What is significant about the way in which Eliot uses history in this play is that he takes a historical event about which little is known and fleshes it out into a spiritual drama that...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2013, 6:26 am (UTC)

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Murder in the Cathedral

Because it's written in verse. You might hear it called a poetic play, or indeed, a "verse drama": all that means is that the dialogue is patterned into a verse form. If you looked at a...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2009, 9:37 am (UTC)

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The political comparison that is clear from this play is the temptation of power and the battle that occurs when different parties believe that they have the most power and should be obeyed. This...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2013, 6:23 am (UTC)

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You will find it helpful in response to this question to analyse the function of the Chorus in Greek drama and compare it to how Eliot utilises the Chorus in this masterful example of modern drama....

Latest answer posted September 16, 2011, 9:05 pm (UTC)

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Murder in the Cathedral

Eliot wrote Murder in the Cathedral in the 1930s at the request of the Bishop of Chichester, who commissioned the play as a commentary on the situation in Nazi Germany. Many in the English and...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2016, 5:16 pm (UTC)

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Murder in the Cathedral

In Murder in the Cathedral by T. S. Eliot, martyrdom is related to the the theme of obedience and the internal warfare within man of flesh vs spirit. The historical Thomas Becket was a friend to...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2010, 11:09 pm (UTC)

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The qualities that set Murder in the Cathedral apart from a typical realist drama of the 1930s are its use of a Greek chorus and its Medieval miracle play motif. Murder in the Cathedral is a...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2020, 12:22 am (UTC)

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Murder in the Cathedral

In his play Murder in the Cathedral, T. S. Eliot makes use of the chorus found in Ancient Greek plays. In Ancient Greek plays, the chorus was a group of characters who "described and commented upon...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2015, 11:02 pm (UTC)

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You would do well to view the Chorus in this excellent play as a continuation of the kind of Chorus that is found in ancient Greek plays. The Chorus functions as something of an intermediary or a...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2011, 7:22 pm (UTC)

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T. S. Eliot's play Murder in the Cathedral reflects his own religious beliefs, which are usually described as Anglo-Catholic. This means that he was a member of the Church of England (Anglican) but...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2015, 9:05 pm (UTC)

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Murder in the Cathedral

To answer this sort of multiple choice question about T. S. Eliot's play Murder in the Cathedral, you should think through each of the possible choices carefully, and begin by eliminating the...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2015, 6:28 am (UTC)

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Murder in the Cathedral

Murder in the Cathedral was commissioned by George Bell, Bishop of Chichester, to critique a particular historic event: Hitler's Rohm purge, also known as the Night of the Long Knives. In this...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2019, 9:22 pm (UTC)

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Murder in the Cathedral

In his play Murder in the Cathedral, T. S. Eliot includes a chorus, which is an element that he adapted from ancient Greek drama. In his play, which takes place in Canterbury, England, the chorus...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2021, 2:31 am (UTC)

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Murder in the Cathedral

The chorus in Murder in the Cathedral functions in almost exactly the same way as a Greek Chorus: commenting on the deeds of the characters and interpreting the significance of events within the...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2007, 7:15 am (UTC)

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