The Use of Characters in A Man For All Seasons by Robert Bolt

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The Use of Characters in A Man For All Seasons by Robert Bolt

In Robert Bolt’s “A Man For All Seasons”, there is a significant key to the use of characters. Bolt uses the characters in this play very well and in an unique fashion. Bolt has the character the common man, who takes the roles as many other characters. This is what makes this play special in its own way. Bolt uses the common man as other characters which makes the reader really think. He uses the common man as the narrator, servant, publican or innkeeper, boatman, foreman of the jury, and the executioner. The common man is used in this play as a symbol of just common everyday people with common jobs. These people are not of high class just common people. The common
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This is precisely More’s tactic, too”(Bryfonski,Harris 90). The publicans pub is where Cromwell and Rich plot their conspiracy on More. Cromwell tells Rich of his deviant plan but, Rich wanted no part. Cromwell grabbed Rich, sits him down and gives him a proposition that Rich would not refuse. This is where Rich betrays More. The common man as the role of the boatman is important where as this is the point in the play that it is unhealthy to know More. When More is out late trying to get home, he calls for a lone boatman also on his way home. The boatman is off duty but, is willing to take More home because he believes More “will make it worth his while”(Bolt 25). More says that there are fixed rates and he will pay what he always does. The whole way the boatman would not give up. He hassled More about the rate but, More did not budge. The boatman is just a common man trying to earn some fast cash. As foreman of the jury, this common man has more power than any one person should have. The foreman of the jury has the final say to convict Sir Thomas More of treason. With the jury being poles with hats on them and the foreman of the jury being told what to say, More has no chance of getting out of these counterfeit charges. The foreman of the jury sentences More to execution without a second thought. Even though More is a honest man and sticks to what he believes in, this is “Bolt’s way of asserting that even under the greatest of pressures man can exist
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