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Beckett Essay

  • Submitted by: designersgilde
  • on April 7, 2008
  • Category: Arts and Music
  • Length: 1,125 words

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Thomas Becket

The King and the Tomb
The movie starts with a scene where Henry, King of England and Duke of Normandy (Peter O’Toole) visit the tomb of Thomas Becket (Richard Burton) in the Cathedral of Canterbury. While stripped from his jacket and shirt, he kneels down at the tomb and speaks about the advice Thomas had given the King by calling the Saxons his brothers and sisters. Then he starts to talk about dear memories, taking the viewer back in time, to approximately 1154. This scene shows the love and respect the King had for Thomas and the regret he had over all that had happened.

Hell Raisers
The second scene is a scene where King Henry and Thomas Becket are behaving like youngsters, looking for young women and enjoying themselves. Becket was at that time the best friend to King Henry the II. At that time in the movie you could see the special bond there was between the young Monarch and Becket.

Becket the smartest
The cleverness of Becket is noticeable throughout the whole movie. He was an educated man with a quick thinking. His ethical and aesthetical standards and his loyalty to the King were also well sketched. Other scenes were the "marches" through France, where they fought without a fight and marched through the city.

Becket becomes Chancellor
This scene, Becket gets the ring of the Lion, the ring of the Chancellor of the King of England. The nobles and the church oppose to that, but the King made up his mind and wants to heave a snack. After the snack they are ready for the hunt.

The Archbishop dies
This scene describes the year 1161. During the years, the King wanted to see money from the Church, but the Church always found an excuse to not provide it to the King. In 1161 Arch Bishop Theobolt dies. Suddenly the King came up with a plan. The King and also Becket were not the most religious persons in the English Empire. The King asked or actually ordered Becket to take the Arch Bishop's place this way the King was thinking that...

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