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In the play Becket by Jean Anouilth a chancellor-turned Archbishop by the name of Thomas Becket is severely tested However this is no ordinary test Whats being tested you see is Beckets honor Throughout the play the honor of Thomas Becket is tested in various ways from struggle between the Normans and the Saxons to deciding between the state and the church to his loyalty to the king or God Throughout the play there is an obvious tension between the Normans and the Saxons Becket himself had been born and raised a Saxon which was the lower class but had gained status to that of Norman when he becomes the right-hand man of King Henry II king of Normandy But there is bound to be a conflict along the way right Exactly One day a soldier brings a young Saxon monk by Becket on his way to take him to the Provost because he was hanging around the camp with a knife waiting most likely to kill Becket for being a traitor to the Saxons Becket realized this and was very understanding He convinced the guards to leave the monk with him saying Leave him to me Ill question him page 48 You see although he was the Chancellor of England Becket was in control of the Abbeys in Hastings where the boy was from so Becket is in direct control of the boy Really Thomas Becket has no intention of questioning the boy directly but seems more interested in what the boy thinks of his dishonorable traitorous essence In this angry young man Becket sees himself and sets the boy free from the torture he was destined for saying The King is waiting And this conversation could go on indefinitely but I want to keep you alive so we can continue it one of these days Its pure selfishness you know your life has no importance for me obviously but its very rare for
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