Essay A Man for All Seasons: the Main Character Is Sir Thomas More

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In the play A Man For All Seasons, the main character is Sir Thomas More. Sir Thomas is the Chancellor of England and a very religious man. Once, during a conversation with Wolsey (Chancellor at the time) about the King needing a son, Wolsey asks if Sir Thomas would like to govern the whole country by prayer and Sir Thomas agrees. This shows how strong his faith was. Sir Thomas is a friend of King Henry VIII, but when he disagreed with the King's opinion on marriage, he was beheaded. King Henry was married to Catherine of Argon, the daughter of Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain. Catherine was Henry's brother's widow. King Henry and Catherine were married "for State reasons", but although Catherine was pregnant many times, only one …show more content…
In Scene 5, Rich and Cromwell are talking and you find out that Rich is now the Duke's secretary, and that Sir Thomas is now Chancellor. Sir Thomas's steward, Matthew, is at Cromwell's and is serving as Cromwell's spy, although he never tells Cromwell anything worth hearing. Matthew is also a spy for Chapuys, but tells him nothing important. In Scene 6, the King comes for a "surprise" visit. He is clean-shaven, bright eyed, graceful, athletic, and his clothing is made of gold. The King asks Sir Thomas if he has thought about the divorce with Catherine, and Sir Thomas says that he doesn't agree with the King and that he doesn't feel like divorce would be right. The King leaves and Lady Alice is very afraid that Sir Thomas has offended him. Master Rich comes to tell Sir Thomas that Cromwell is collecting information about him, and so is Chapuys, but Sir Thomas already knows. Rich begs for Sir Thomas to employ him, but Sir Thomas refuses. Sir Thomas says that you have to follow all laws, because if you break them all, you will have nothing to protect you. In Scene 7, Cromwell tells Rich that Sir Thomas Paget (Collector of Revenues for York) is retiring, and says Rich should take his spot. In Act II Scene 1, William Roper and Thomas More are talking about the Act of Supremacy. This act says that: "the King is Supreme Head of the Church in England, so far as the law

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