A Man For All Seasons by Robert Bolt by Leonard Smith (auth.)

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Her second argument is that by standing fast against a state that is three-quarters evil, he is electing himself a hero; but More answers this by saying that to remain human, and given the choice, he must stand fast and risk being a hero; and this wasn't a matter of reason, but of love. Margaret's third temptation is emotional she briefly but graphically gives a picture of the misery of their home without him; but More dismisses this as mental torture . More's answer to Margaret's second argument reveals the key place of Man in the 'chain of being'.

Bolt is saying here that our practical, day-to -day lives should be governed by morality and not, as for most of us, as an afterthought shown by occasional 'gestures'. Even Margaret pleads that this practical morality is too much for most people ; so More gets no real understanding or sympathy from any of his family , and Alice turns his accusation of cruelty against himself, and then turns on both Margaret and Roper for supporting More in his foolishness (as she sees it) , which she knows, intuitively , will cost him his life ('dance him to the block').

Is it dry? ' is said without whimsy and with equal delight. With their innocence they have become 'as little children' and are finding delight in poverty. The audience can imagine the quick, hot fire of the bracken, with its flames and sparks, and More's and Margaret's pleasure while it lasts, honestly finding it a 'luxury' . But to the practical Alice, this is just foolishness; she kicks the bracken and sits wearily on the bundle: and to Chapuys, who can manage only a cold smile, More's delight in such simple pleasures shows that he is 'utt erly unreliable'.

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