More has sacrificed a life of luxury in order to live according to his own conscience. God help the people whose Statesmen walk your road. So silence can, according to circumstances, speak. Although he should have been protected by the law in his silence—since he took no treasonous action—the law has been corrupted beyond recognition. The Common Man acts out many roles in the play to establish his universal nature, but actually develops into his own character as the play progresses. More roused and excited Oh? If humanity doesn't come to grips with the fact that we are all here for a singular purpose ie.
How the stewards first name is also mattew and Chapuy's saying this to steward is not likely to be a conicidence. Thomas More, Act Two This line is humorous as More tells Rich that if he was to betray his principles he should have asked a higher price. Some say that's good and some say that's bad, but I say he can't help it - and that's bad. The Steward asks Rich if he needs a servant now that he is wealthy. More: Not so, Master Secretary! I definitely got the rose bushes. Again this is not a moral dictum; it is said rather wistfully, as of something he is beginning to doubt Wolsey: I believe you believe that. The Gilded Cup The gilded cup is a symbol of hate, evil corruption of money and material goods.
It foreshadows the change of Lord Chancellor to Thomas More, and how this new position is going. Sir Thomas More was undoubtedly, a man for all seasons, for the world needs many more of courageous, righteous and devout people such as him. The stage lights brighten and reveal More sitting at his desk in his home. Therefore, he … decide to visit More personally to 'squeeze' and answer out. A Man For All Seasons - Study Guide Questions Structural Questions: What ideas does Robert Bolt convey with the use of lighting? Sir Thomas More: Then what has become of your oath of obedience to the King? Rich says he does, but remembers the Steward being rude to him back when he was poorer. Man: Well, there the priests are very holy.
He is now the Attorney General for Wales, and is dressed in expensive clothing. Chapuys says he has heard that More will resign if the bishops in court all submit to the Act of Supremacy. Let us suppose we go into the room where he is laid out, and we listen: what do we hear? Although Cromwell refuses to use the 'rack' as a form of torture probally only because the king will not allow of it he takes away More's books which itself can be a form of torture that is even above that of 'the rack. In contrast, More is the proverbial 'dead lion' who is noble, powerful and stands by his beliefs at the price of his own life. Because this silence betokened, nay, this silence was, not silence at all, but most eloquent denial! These two quotes were spoken to Roper. Do you pretend that is what you wish the world to construe from it? This is silence, pure and simple. The Common Man dons a new costume, becoming the Headsman.
Although she knows he will be angry, she takes advantage of Cromwell's offer to allow her to visit to convince him to swear the oath. But when it came to the prisoner, he refused! The courtroom disappears and a chopping block replaces it. Unlike a descriptive novel, a play has the benefit of the use of lighting. The same year he wrote it; it featured as a play in London and New York. Although other people would probably be scared, he is confident that he has made difficult but morally justified choices, and even if they have led him to his death he can go knowing he did what he believed to be right. What he is claiming is that our society is preventing us from achieving our authentic selfhood. Here More plainly states that he is unable to do this.
Roper: You belittle yourself, sir, this was not practical; this was moral! From the discovery of fire, to the ability to travel off of this planet. He even goes as far as to start his own church and be the head of it. There are those like Norfolk who follow me because I wear the crown; and those like Master Cromwell who follow me because they are jackals with sharp teeth and I'm their tiger; there's a mass that follows me because it follows anything that moves. The candle is used many times throughout the play and is a source of focused light. When the King visits More, he says that he wants to divorce his wife, Catherine, because she has not given him any male heirs. You see, we speak of being anchored to our principles. We all have hurts, heartaches, and possibly mistakes of the past of which we can do nothi … ng about today.
Sir Thomas More is tested to the extreme as he remains true to his conscience. He honestly believes that other men could sign the Act with clear consciences—if they had no real moral qualms about it—but he cannot. Even the audience is somewhat criticized for being silent rather than standing up for its beliefs, via the symbolism within the character of the Common Man. More will not take the letter, which he fears will incriminate him, and insists he has not taken a stand. All in all is all we are to me means Everything in Everything is all we are.
What it's saying is basically, to no one will we prevent them the opportunity from being able to receive … a fair trial, justice for all. What you have hunted me for is not my actions, but the thoughts of my heart. If he suffers us to fall to such a case that there is no escaping, then we may stand to our tackle as best we can, and yes, Will, then we may clamor like champions. For a moment I thought you were being profound. Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake. I doubt if there's a man alive who could follow me there, thank God.