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A Man for All Reasons.

For a truly Christian man, nothing is more important than preparing the immortal soul for the next life. In the play, A Man for All Seasons, Sir Thomas Moore is a devout Christian-apparent due to his unceasing prayers, vast humbleness, devotion to his family, and his ardency in maintaining the truth. His refusal to obey King Henry VIII shows that he believes strongly in life after death, for going against the King of England in Renaissance Era ensured swift, lethal retribution. Sir Thomas More fought for what he believed in and refused to be molded into something that he wasn't. Sir Thomas More did not die in vain, he did not deviate from his personal beliefs.

More achieved more in the end because he didn't let death worry him. His last words illustrate this, "His will not refuse one who is so blithe to go" (99). More understood that he was in line with his beliefs. He knew that by dying and not worrying, he would be proving a point to the public by letting it be known that Cromwell had set him up. When More died it sent a message to the public that the King was wrong in what he was doing. As More died in front of a lot of people, it certainly showed to the public that it was honorable and he put his point across in the clear way. "....but because I would not bend to the marriage" (78), More is simply stating that he wouldn't agree with the King for the clear intention of staying alive. When More died it was for a worthy cause to take a stand against something he felt was real and because he did not worry in the process his actions were not in vain.

By More dying, he proved a point to himself and the public. He proved that he was honorable and not going to succumb to the deceitful thinking of Cromwell and the King. "I have not disobeyed my sovereign. I truly believe no man in England is safer than myself" (40). This clearly demonstrates the fact that More knew what he was doing and wasn't going to go against his beliefs for the sake of living. More knew that if he stayed alive, it would have been insufferable, living in jail for the rest of his life, no job, and little sight of family. He did what he thought was right, " I do no harm, I say none harm, I think none harm. And if this be not enough to keep a man alive, in good faith I long not to live" (97). He sustained in doing what he felt right in his heart, not what people



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