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Thomas Cromwell was the bad guy in Robert Bolts play A Man For All Seasons Cromwell wasnt the official bad guy he was simply a servant for the king However he did lack a conscience and was probably the most dislikeable figures in the story because of his position It was Cromwells job to ensure that the king could live life according to his personal desires comfort and convenience In a sense Cromwell is similar to almost all the main characters the common man Richard Rich and Norfolk Cromwell and the common man are very similar Both come from very modest upbringings and tend to only look out for themselves At first the common man plays people who serve the nobles like Matthew and the boatman The common man basically plays the fool that all the nobles pick on and use for information Later the common man does immoral things like betraying his master but justifies them by saying that he needs the money On the other hand Cromwell does immoral things because it his job but doesnt feel the need to justify them He also doesnt appear to care about his immoral doings and seemed to revel in them Cromwell and Richard Rich are also very similar and are arguably the two most unlikable characters Both Cromwell and Rich are foils off Mores character and enable us to see the compassionate soul the More really is At first Rich is friends with Thomas More However driven by his own selfish desires he ends up being friends with Cromwell In the end Rich is influenced by Cromwell to commit perjury in order to get More convicted Cromwell unlike Rich and the common man however shows no signs of regret and shows no indication of overcoming his narrow perspective Lastly although Norfolk and Cromwell are on almost complete opposites of the spectrum they do have a little in common Both admire Thomas More for
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