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A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS

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Transcript of A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS

"Affection goes as deep in me
as you I think, but only God is
love right through, Howard and
that's myself."


A MAN
FOR
ALL SEASONS

-Sir Thomas More
PLOT SYNOPSIS
CHARACTER
ANALYSIS
Literary devices
VOCABULARY
ALLUSIONS
QUESTIONS
SIR THOMAS MORE
Forgives the woman (Catherine Anger) who gave the chalice stating that, “She was ignorant and misguided; she was a bit mad...And she has paid for folly.”
Still loyal and faithful to the Roman Catholic Church. Sir Thomas More’s resignation of Lord chancellor proves his faithfulness to the church, although of the many financial difficulties that it has bestowed upon.

However because of his faithfulness towards the Catholic Church Sir Thomas More is excluded and ignored of his status and begins to lose precious friends. Ex.) “Boat!...Boat!...I can’t get home. They won’t bring me a boat.”


CROMWELL
Loyal to King Henry VIII, and is angered toward Sir Thomas More for leaving the new Church of England (Protestant Church)

King Henry VIII sends Cromwell message that he is angry for Sir Thomas More’s act of treason and defiance of his divorce between his marriage


NORFOLK
Still has a friendship with Sir Thomas More despite of the hypocrisy that has happened. However More fears for his safety due to their close relationship
However Norfolk indeed cares for Sir Thomas
More’s safety and claims that he must forfeit his pride and religion for his personal safety. This signifies that Norfolk does not know where his loyalty stands. Towards the King or his trusted friend. His incompetence to decide a decision for himself has placed his friendship with Sir Thomas More in jeopardy.

Ambiguities
am-bi-gyoo-i-tee
Uncertainty or inexactness
of meaning in language
Treason
tree-zuh-n
The crime of betraying
one's country
Folly
fol-ee
Lack of good
sense; foolishness
Notorious
Famous or well known, typically
for some bad quality or deed

noh-tawr-ee-uh s
Instigated
in-sti-geyt
Set in motion
Disproportionate
Too large or too small in
comparison with something else
dis-pruh-pawr-shuh-nit
ACT 2 SCENE 4
Cromwell treats More harshly and
tries to accuse More of things he did not do. During this scene, Cromwell is trying to interrogate More until he cracks, and says something bad about himself. But in the end it does not work, leaving Cromwell frustrated. Also in this scene More treats Cromwell as if he were a fool and does not buy into Cromwells tricks, while Cromwell interrogates him.

1.) How does Cromwell treat More in this scene? How does More treat Cromwell?

2.) There are many references to
“conscience” is this scene. What, according to Cromwell, is the King’s concern with “conscience?” What is More’s relationship to conscience?

According to Cromwell the King’s concern with “conscience” is that if the King wants a person to be destroyed. That means that person was a bad person, and has a bad conscience so he or she must be destroyed. In other words More is to be destroyed for having a bad “conscience,” and with that conscience there would be no use of him blessing King Henry VIII’s marriage with Anne. More’s relationship with conscience is that he does not rely on his own conscience to make his decisions , but relies on his faith, and faith alone.

Act 2 scene 5


1.) Why does More break off his friendship with Norfolk?

More breaks off his friendship with Norfolk because he does not want anything bad to happen to Norfolk and his family. More would feel guilty and ashamed that his own actions cost the lives of others, such as his friends.
3.) The real key to More’s character lies in his answer to Norfolk which begins “Affection goes as deep in me...self.” What is More’s “real self?” and to whom does he hold the strongest allegiance?

More’s “real self” is that he will not give into the King’s disloyalty to the church, and that what the King is doing is unlawful according to Christian laws. Also that his “real self” loves and believes in God, that faith and faith alone makes him moral. More holds his strong allegiance to God.



More says that “God made the angels to
show him splendor...animals for innocence and plants for their simplicity/ But man he made to serve him wittily in the tangle of his mind.” What is More planning?

What Sir Thomas More is planning is that he must stop the act that has placed new laws regarding the marriage between Queen Catherine and King Henry VIII. Sir Thomas More strongly disapproves of the divorce. He believes that he is a instrument of God, and his vocational purpose is to serve him by following his moral beliefs towards the Catholic church which is to prevent the new laws.


“My dear More, the woman was notorious!”- Cromwell p.68
Women during the time were seen as the
villain.
i.e. Historical events in Islam throughout history.

In the May of 1526 the King published a book, a theological work.
It was called
A Defence of the Seven Sacraments

In reference to the Seven Sacraments that brings one closer to God. (Baptism, Holy Communion, Confirmation, Confession, Marriage, Holy Orders and Anointing of the Sick)

“The nobility of England, my lord, would have snored through the
Sermon on the Mount
. But you’ll labour like Thomas Aquinas over a rat-dog’s pedigree.”- More p.72
A biblical reference in the book of Matthew 5:1-12. This is when Jesus went on the Mountainside and taught the crowd, as well as his disciples The Beatitudes.
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