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English Essay - A Man For All Seasons Comparing Thomas More vs Richard Rich In his preface to the play Bolt calls More a hero of selfhood More refuses to sacrifice his self which he defines by his moral conscience even as he sacrifices his life Robert Bolt tries to represent his characters in the form of symbolism turns out to be a major force driving the action of the play Characters are motivated by Mores reputation as a moral man not by Mores individual characteristics Perhaps in fact More stands for being perceived as a saint or a moral man Throughout the play characters such as Rich view More as a representative of a concept rather than as a person His consent is important to the king and to Norfolk because it would make them feel and appear moral Chapuys - a character in the play sees More as an upstanding moral and religious man and Chapuys takes comfort in the fact that the virtues More represents contradict the kings actions Though More was much later sainted for his refusal to swear an oath to king henerys supremacy to the pope Bolt does not depict More as someone who ascribes to religious dogma of any sort As a hero More is more existential than religious because he looks inwardly for his motivations and does not rely on any external ideals to guide his speech and actions In fact Mores morals are continually shifting and he surprises Chapuys and other characters with his sharp wit and unexpected pragmatism If an ideal agrees with his conscience More will do his best to live up to it if not he will discard it Richard Rich symbolizes the tendency to succumb to the temptation of wealth and status Rich and are the same in one aspect because they
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