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In Robert Bolts Play A Man For All Seasons we are presented with a historical character of inexorable integrity Sir Thomas More More is drawn unwillingly into a situation where he must choose between expediency or his principles Mores decision is consistant through out the entirety of the play as he remains intensely loyal to his conscience and is unable to abandon his religious beliefs even if it ultimately means his own tragic demise The entreaties of many are to no avail as More proves to be steadfast In the second scene of the play we see More meeting with Cardinal Wolsey Mores character is exemplified as Wolsey asks Mores opinion about a certain letter that is to be sent to the Pope regarding the validity of the Kings marriage to Catherine More compliments Wolsey on his phrasing and avoids the content of the dispatch directly except to say that he feels the council should be informed before it goes to Italy this response sparks Wolsey to reply Would you tell the council Yes I believe you would Youre a constant regret to me Thomas If you could just see facts flat on without that moral squint with just a little common sense you could have been a statesman Bolt 10 Mores non-committal response to Wolseys question is also characteristic of his desire to be silent for the remainder of the play and despite Wolseys continuing plea that he should ignore his own private conscience Bolt 12 for state reasons More is unable to approve of the Kings divorce As More and King Henry talk during the Kings visit to Chelsea in scene six More is once again pressured on the matter of
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