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What could a deeply religious devout Christian nobleman and an existential indifferent common man separated by roughly four hundred years have in common Furthermore what could Sir Thomas More an eventual saintly martyr as portrayed in Robert Bolts A Man For All Seasons and Albert Camus Meursault from The Outsider an apparent murderer who does not believe in God possibly have in common For starters both men have led similar lives in a search for the truth and have very strong personal belief systems It is for this that they are persecuted and who without any heroic pretensions agreeto die for the truth The Outsider Camus p 119 Both characters More and Meursault refuse to compromise their beliefs and as a result society condemns them Despite their obvious differences More and Meursault were similar men in many ways Both men led routine lifestyles More is a very devout Christian and as such is immersed in repetitious behaviour Throughout the play More is often found praying even during the arrival of the King at his home More enters the scene just in the nick of time wearing a cassock just as the King is nearly upon him and knowingly risks disfavour with his liege because his prayer is that important to him Norfolk is indignant at this behaviour What sort of fooling is this Does the king visit you every day A Man For All Seasons Robert Bolt Act One p 26 Also according to his Steward Sir Thomas rises at six and prays for an hour and a half During Lent he lived entirely on bread and water and He goes to confession twice a week A Man For All Seasons Bolt I p 23 It is in this way that More endeavours in a search for truth about life he looks to God for the answers Meursault is also immersed in routine but his is a routine of a simple lifestyle His
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