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Moral Compos In A Man For All Seasons

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In the play, A Man for All Season, Bolt does not use an omniscient narrator but rather express his views through two narrators, Thomas More and The Common Man (Ehrenhaf, 2010:193). The Preface of A Man for All Season, states that the play is not a straight forward narration though more comparable to a poem that uses the beauty of authentic monologues form Sir Thomas More himself to portray his view in the matters at hand (Bolt, 1960:xvii). Tomas More’s view is supported by The Common Man who paints More in a less harsh light than historicist sort out to do (Farrow, 2005).

The rest of the narration is governed by The Common Man who comments on the action and characters in numerous asides as well as change costume on stage and indicate location
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These themes are addressed in abundance and form part of the message that Bolt sought after to convey to the post-world war audience. Thomas More’s utmost sense of moral compos and his admiration of the judicious law is prioritized by Bolt in the preface to address More’s seemingly paradoxical modus operandi (Bolt, 1960:xiii). Meticulously realistic More never speaks ill about the king which is in order with the Act of Supremacy, yet strongly opposes the king’s divorce of Catherine of Aragon and remarriage to Anne Boleyn. More is not governed by his duty to his king nonetheless has faith in God’s law which is greater than any worldly sovereign (Bolt, 1960:66-68). Man’s laws can be changed at will and yet More is anchored in his principles (Bolt, 1960:69). More’s actions and lack of discourse may at times be seen as duplicitous; in actuality More is only trying to balance his respect for man’s law with the laws of his God and self. More embodies such a sense of self and of moral supervision that oversees his actions; that he would rather die than betray his faith and…show more content…
According to Tweg (2006:10), the play is mostly written in a modern dialect, yet Bolt incorporated some of Sir Thomas More’s own words in scenes like the trail. In contrast with More’s sophisticated language, is the language of the Common man who speaks more informal, plain and subjective (Tweg, 2006:10). Bolt’s choice for this alteration in language is to intensify the crucial situation (Armstrong, 1961:186). The contrast in language may also be an indicator of the educated or high class and the unschooled or lower class both conveying their
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