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Every man has his price Discuss with reference to A man for all seasons In the play A man for all Seasons Rich presents us with the idea that every man has his price The play looks at how every character except More is able to compromise their principles in exchange for something that benefits them This shows us that at the end of the day we all other than a few will only be looking out for our own self-interest Money is probably the most common thing that would be offered to someone to compromise his or her principles for example Money is a benefit and most people being human will accept it as it would be in their self-interest to do so The play gives us a range of characters that have different prices most of which are met and shows the benefits gained The Common Man represents us He is as relevant in the times of the play as he is now He is typical of us and just wants enough money to get by with without getting into dangerous situations He also shows how we will manipulate a situation to suit our own needs and wants The Common Man shows self-interest on a small scale Take for example when More is using the Common Mans boat and the issue of payment comes up He asks More to make it worth his while This shows us how most would act in the same situation It shows that all people have a price even if it is on a small scale The Boatman also goes as far to hint about his young wife By mentioning her he hopes that he will be tipped more money He only wants enough money to get by with This is relevant to us as we would bend or stretch the truth and his principles in order to benefit ourselves The Common Man will only go as
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