Power of the Power
The 16th century was the time when the power of noble could control everything including people’s life. In this month of Exploring English, we are taking a look at the thought provoking play called ‘A Man for All Season’ by Robert Bolt in 1960. The play illustrates the power of noble which effect a lot of conflict between characters by using dramatic techniques. The Bold used three main characters to show the different types of powers. First power is the power of the King. Second power is the power of More’s belief in god and the last power is the power of The Common Man.
As I said in the introduction, in 16th century, the power of noble could control everything including people’s life. In the play, the most powerful noble is the King. The reason being is because his power is coming from the God. King Henry VII abuse his power to make his own church and make Tomas More to take an oath. Henry says, “you’re known to be honest… there are those like Norfolk who follow me because I wear the crown, and there are those like Master Cromwell who follow me because they are jackals with sharp teeth and I am their lion, and there is a mass that follows me because it follows anything that moves – and there is you.” Bolt use this quote to prove that Henry’s power is limitlessly powerful and nobody can argue about it.
Another character who is noble and have a power is Tomas More. He is the head of the church and it is significant back in 16th century. 16th century was based on Christian and he’s belief in god is stronger than anyone else. His power is coming from the King and as soon as Tomas More didn’t obey to the King, he’s power get lost. He decides to follow his idealism and...