A Man For All Seasons Essay

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While Sir Thomas More is the play’s ‘hero’, the Common Man is the ‘Man for All Seasons’. Do you agree? In Robert Bolt’s play, A Man For All Seasons, the lead character, Sir Thomas More, had the option to conform like the rest of society, however, he chose to make a choice that he felt was correct, and stood behind it until the end. With the courage to battle the King of England, Sir Thomas More was perceived to lead a silent attack on the Throne. His resolution to protest the unlawful marriage of King Henry and Anne Boleyn was rooted in Christian beliefs and morals. His refusal to accept the divorce of Henry and Catherine allowed for much speculation, however, More’s selection remained steadfast, as did his character, while enduring harsh criticism. More is truly “A Man For All Seasons” in light of his ability to remain true to his beliefs, family, and country when faced with adverse situations. More has been called the ‘hero’ of the play; hero according to the Concise English Dictionary is described as a man distinguished by exceptional courage, nobility and strength. To some extent, he is also A Man for All seasons. A Man for All Seasons is the man for all occasions, who is involved in every event and stays constant with time. On the other hand, a Man for All Seasons can be defined as a man who changes according to the time and is a survivor, thus, the Common Man and Richard Rich. "A man can be destroyed but not defeated" is a premise that is clearly demonstrated by Sir Thomas More. As the former Lord Chancellor of England, More is the only man who truly sees problems his own ways. He held onto his convictions and beliefs by refusing to support his King on the issue of divorcing his wife Catherine. In the process of holding onto his beliefs, he is pressured by his family, his friends, and the court of justice. Unfortunately, he is executed, but remains a

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