Roper comments that Cromwell is a devil. Notably, each of his shifts has corresponded with an equal and opposite shift in the English public—now that the country is Protestant, Will is Catholic.
You know those men! At his death More pays her the compliment that she knows the secrets of his heart.
More responds that Cromwell is only a lawyer. He explains that he is now a Jailer, and is in charge of watching the newly imprisoned Thomas More. Active Themes Roper enters excitedly, announcing that Norfolk has arrived with news.
Stage productions[ edit ] Paul Scofieldwho played the leading role in the West End premiere, reprised it on Broadway inwinning a Tony Award. It would be irrational to ask a servant to stay on without pay, even if they would be working for a martyr. Though he argues with More for being an idealist when pragmatism is needed in politics, he is the one who recommends More to succeed him as Lord Chancellor.
More is not moved to action. More believes silence is all he needs to protect himself and his family, despite the fact that people like Chapuys, Cromwell, and the King have already misinterpreted his silence. A Man for All Seasons struggles with ideas of identity and conscience.
He is shown to be humorous and wise and witty rather than a dogmatic man. Although he previously burned bridges with Norfolk and More, Rich now tries to acknowledge Norfolk as a friend. More also meets Signor Chapuys, the Spanish ambassador to England.
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.
He was once a vocal Protestant, then he was a moderate Catholic, and now he is very committed to the Catholic Church. Although treated in more detail in other sections, in the following plot summary, his presence is indicated only when he interacts directly with the other characters in the play.
Alice wants More to accept their charity, but he is worried that it will appear as though he is being sponsored by the Church. Only after Cromwell condemns him does Thomas reveal his true opinions.
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. She admires his goodness even though she does not understand why he has to risk his family and reputation for the sake of his ideals.
Cromwell explains the Woman once tried to bribe More with a silver cup, although More did not rule in her favor, coming to a lawful conclusion instead. More clearly loves his Meg, as he calls her, above everything else in this world, and his greatest torment is to be separated from her by his imprisonment.
She sticks by her husband in the Tower when he says he cannot accept his death without her love. More is more human and less rigid than Roper. Active Themes Cromwell believes More can be blackmailed for once taking a bribe.
Cromwell tells Norfolk that the King is aware of his friendship with More, and for that reason wants Norfolk to persecute More even more aggressively, to prove his loyalty to the crown. More is committed to doing what he feels is right.
He begins with mild insults, but eventually accuses Norfolk of being entirely self-serving. He is dressed all in black and wears a cross to signal his allegiance to the Catholic Church.
Chapuys delivers a letter from the King of Spain. Cromwell meets with Richard Rich, a low-level functionary whom More helped establish and to whom More gave a silver cup he was given as a bribe. Knowing Norfolk is in danger because of the friendship, More purposely insults Norfolk to send him away.
Also called Meg, Margaret is in love with and later marries William Roper. More has sacrificed a life of luxury in order to live according to his own conscience. Active Themes Roper and Margaret find More on the riverbank and tell him that a new Act of Succession has been passed.
An envelope descends from the sky, and he opens it and reads—it contains the fates of various characters from the play. More will not employ him in a political office because he does not trust him. He is not trying to be a martyr.A list of all the characters in A Man for All Seasons.
The A Man for All Seasons characters covered include: Sir Thomas More, The Common Man, Richard Rich, Duke of Norfolk, Alice More, Thomas Cromwell, Cardinal Wolsey, Chapuys, William Roper, Margaret Roper, King Henry VIII.
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STUDY. PLAY. In the struggle between Sir Thomas More and Henry VIII, More quotes the Bible passage (Mark ) "What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?" The Common Man in this play is both universal and base in his character, identifying one.
A Man for All Seasons asks us, "How far would we go to remain honest?" In the case of Sir Thomas More, we behold a man who speaks with utmost sincerity, a virtue that will cost him his life.
In the case of Sir Thomas More, we behold a man who speaks with utmost sincerity, a virtue that will cost him his life.Download