Essay about Role Of The Common Man In A Ma

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In most books, small roles are never very significant, but in A Man For All Seasons one of the characters proves this wrong. The common Man is an ordinary person who the audience can relate to. This ties in with one of the main idea of the play, human nature. The audience learns that the Common Man can jump into different roles and assume that characters identity. The roles he plays although modest, are still very important to the development of the plot. The speeches that he delivers help keep the audience informed on past events and upcoming conflicts. In addition, the personality of the characters gives the audience insight into the story. The common Mans roles however minor still contribute greatly to the development of the story…show more content…
There must be something he wants to keep its only common sense.'; (Bolt 17) This quote foreshadows Thomas More not wanting to go against his conscience and swear to the King Henrys’ oath. The audience also meets the Boatman, who seems to be quite ordinary and poor. In the short conversation that he has with Thomas More, an additional line foreshadows the future. “…The river looks black tonight. They say it’s silting up, is that so?'; (Bolt 28) In this line, “river looking black'; foreshadows thing becoming worse and even death. The Common Mans characters aid in setting the mood and foreshadow events that are still to come. Each character has a unique style, which sets him apart form others. The personalities of the different characters also have a major purpose in the play. Each character has a distinct difference. Steward is a man who thinks himself to be very loyal to his master. He also believes that he only serves one master, Thomas More. Steward betrayed Thomas when he becomes a spy for Cromwell. “No man can serve two masters, Steward. No indeed sir; I serve one.'; (Bolt 41-40) When he says this, he is not telling the truth because he actually is served two master’s greed and, Cromwell. When steward gave Cromwell the information it helped him with his case against Thomas More. Another character who is important to the play is The Jailer. He
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