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Reading about individuals whose ways of life are dramatically different from our own provides readers with fresh insights into their own experiences and ideas A reader of A Man for All Seasons by Robert Bolt may not be accustomed to the actions of the plays characters Though it is important to figure out and understand why the character reacts or acts as heshe does This enables the reader to have a new or modified outlook on hisher own actions If one turns the kaleidoscope of hisher life just a little the world becomes a different place Sir Thomas More lived the type of life that is foreign to many readers Mores actions were all based upon two things his conscience and God When More is being pressured into signing the oath by Norfolk in the name of fellowship he replies by saying And when we stand before God and you are sent to Paradise for doing according to your conscience and I am damned for not doing according to mine will you come with me for fellowship77 He adheres to his philosophy and conscience knowing that he will inevitably be executed One who is reading this may reply by thinking Mores decision was asinine The reader may believe that life is the greatest value to man and to place anything above it would be asinine Mores behavior was bizarre even to his own time period His daughter Margaret pleaded for him to sign the oath Then say the words of the oath and in your heart think otherwise81 Her father could not morally be satisfied by this More believed that when an oath is taken one is placing his pledging his self and soul When a man takes an oath Meg hes holding his own self in his own hands And if he opens his fingers then- he neednt hope to find himself again81 On the other
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