A Man for All Seasons struggles with ideas of identity and conscience. Another act is signed, stating all subjects must swear an oath of allegiance to Henry and his new capacity as the head of the Church of England.
Instead, More informs Norfolk of the plot, showing him to be patriotic and loyal to the King. Cromwell tempts Rich with an opportunity for advancement, and the spineless Rich seems all too eager to accept the job in exchange for information he has about More. Norfolk pokes holes in his evidence, telling Cromwell that More gave the cup away once he realised it was a bribe.
To that end morality comes over man made laws because to More morality essentially stems from God. But damn it, Thomas, look at those names. His close friend, Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolkattempts to draw out his opinions in a friendly private chat, but More knows that the time for speaking openly of such matters is over.
More doubts that the pope will agree to overturn his first dispensation. After the King leaves, Cromwell promises Rich a position at Court in return for damaging information about More. When More declines the invitation, he is summoned again to Hampton Court, now occupied by Cromwell.
More recommends instead that Rich find a job as a teacher. Cromwell calls More to his office and attempts to malign More by accusing him of sympathizing with the Holy Maid of Kent, who was executed for treason. More is convicted of treason on the perjured testimony of Rich, who has been made Solicitor General for Wales as a reward.
Roper is Lutheran, meaning Protestant. At another key point of the play, More testifies before an inquiry committee and Norfolk attempts to persuade him to sign the Succession to the Crown Act pp. And when we stand before God, and you are sent to Paradise for doing according to your conscience, and I am damned for not doing according to mine, will you come with me, for fellowship?
Cromwell remains determined to find more evidence against More. The devoutly Catholic More states that he cannot give his blessing as long as Roper remains a Lutheran.
This section needs additional citations for verification. More goes to his death with dignity and composure, and the play ends with his beheading. Feel free to debate any of these issues in the comments section.
Stage productions[ edit ] Paul Scofieldwho played the leading role in the West End premiere, reprised it on Broadway inwinning a Tony Award. Henry tells Cromwell he plans to persecute More, but he needs more evidence.
More is sentenced to death but not before he can express his disapproval of the Supremacy Act and his disappointment with a government that would kill a man for keeping quiet. And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned round on you — where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat?
His own position is depicted as almost indefensible; the Pope is described as a "bad" and corrupt individual, forced by the Emperor Charles V to act according to his will.May 03, · Watch video · A.D.: King Henry II's three sons all want to inherit the throne, but he won't commit to a choice.
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A Man for All Seasons, a play written by Robert Bolt, retells the historic events surrounding Sir Thomas More, the Chancellor of England who remained silent regarding Henry VIII's divorce.
Because More would not take an oath which essentially endorsed the king's separation from the church in Rome. Paul Scofield won the Tony Award (New York City) for Actor in a Drama for "A Man for All Seasons", and re-created his role in the filmed production, for which he won the Best Actor Oscar.
A Man for All Seasons is a play by Robert Bolt based on the life of Sir Thomas More. An early form of the play had been written for BBC Radio inand a one-hour live television version starring Bernard Hepton was produced in by the BBC, but after Bolt's success with The Flowering Cherry, he reworked it for the stage.
A Man for All Seasons is a play by Robert Bolt that was first performed inDownload