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The Common Man In Bolt's A Man For All Season

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In the play, A Man for All Season, Bolt narrates the play through use of The Common Man. The Preface of A Man for All Season, states that the play is not a straight forward narration, though more comparable to a poem. (Bolt, 1960:xvii). The Common Man comments on the action and characters in numerous asides as well as change costume on stage and indicates the locations. The asides extend the idea that The Common man’s moral character is not so detached from society’s, by removing himself from the actions he is able to conveniently disassociates himself from More’s supposed treasonous acts. This is portrayed in the following lines “I'd let him out if I could but I can't. Not without taking up residence in there myself. And he's in there already,…show more content…
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