A Man for All Seasons Questions and Answers
by Robert Bolt

Start Your Free Trial

In Robert Bolt's play A Man for All Seasons, Sir Thomas More at one point 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 he opens his fingers then - he needn't hope to find himself again." What is the significance of this statement?  

Expert Answers info

Robert C. Evans eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2009

write2,994 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Social Sciences

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 he opens his fingers then -- he needn't hope to find himself again.”

This is a significant statement for a number of reasons, including the following:

  • It shows that More feels a need to explain himself to his family in general and to his daughter in particular.
  • It shows that More, unlike many fathers of his day, takes his daughter seriously enough to try to...

    (The entire section contains 302 words.)

    Unlock This Answer Now


Further Reading:

check Approved by eNotes Editorial