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The 16th century was a time of political upheaval a time of conflict and corruption and a time of heroes All these elements are visibly present in Bolts book A Man for All Seasons As I was reading this story I was thinking that it could probably apply to our day and age but that begged the question Why did Robert Bolt decide to use a 16th century character rather than a present time period character and setting I believe that Bolt chose this man and his era because there things that he liked abut the man there was no shortage of conflict and the he was worthy of being a hero He fits into one of the archetype heroes These three things I will touch upon in my seminar and I hope that my ideas will prove to be informative and enlightening One of the main reasons that Robert Bolt probably chose 16th century Thomas More as his hero for A Man for all Seasons was that he liked his personality By that I mean that as Bolt wrote about More he discovered more and more things that he found admirable about the man At the outset Robert Bolt was looking for a person who had a strong idea of who he is because this is what Bolt thinks is necessary to be a hero and this is exactly the type of man that Thomas More is More saw in himself something that was his only and he was that it was something that allowed him to live life with confidence in himself Only when he was denied that way of life was he able to accept his fate of death Robert Bolt comments on this on page 13 of the preface who nevertheless found something in himself without which life was valueless and when that was denied him he was able to grasp his death This shows that Thomas knew that
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