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The worlds battlefields have been in the heart chiefly more heroism has been displayed in the household and the closet than on the most memorable battlefields in history Henry Ward Beecher Whether or not the statement by Henry Beecher is true it is certainly well put when spoken in the context of martyr Sir Thomas More This paper contrasts and classifies Sir Thomas More as a unique hero when compared to societys typical Beowulf-Romeo style heroes It is doubtful that Thomas More as a grown man was ever engaged in a physical confrontation of his choosing and except for his faithful and loving wife had any romantic escapades Still however he is an undeniable hero of great stature Almost every hero from King Arthur to Spiderman is characterized with physical prowess whether it is agility strength or skill in combat Thomas More on the other hand was none of the above His strength was not in his arms but in his mind his wit was his agility and his words were his sword Thus Mores knowledge and moral self are the only things that distinguish him as a hero Mores own opinion in fact was valued so much it was the reason of his death he died because he stood by it King Henry VIII who unless with Mores blessing could not divorce and at the same time wed a new wife The King knew and respected Mores honesty on all matters Though because More disagreed with the issue the King could not in his own mind justify his actions without eliminating More as a problem and seeing him as wrong Sir Thomas More stood by what he knew was right in his heart by that which made him a man his own threads of morality even when faced with the grief of his loved ones Locked up in a cell away from his wife and daughter he was able to persevere and
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