Friendship In A Man For All Seasons

832 words - 4 pages

What as friends? Charles Kingsley has said, “It is only the great hearted who can be true friends. The mean and cowardly, Can never know what true friendship means.” In the book A Man for All Seasons, Sir Thomas More--a great and wise nobleman, and his “friends” reflect the meaning of Charles Kingsley’ quote.
Near the beginning of the book, Richard Rich is trying to get a recommendation from Thomas More so that he can get a position. He tells More that he was trying so hard to get a recommendation. He asks More if they are friends or just acquaintances. More responds, “friends.” Rich thinks that a “friend” would definitely help him to get a job, so he says to More “Well, there! ‘A friend ...view middle of the document...

Then Henry says, “Readier to be friends, I trust, than he was to be Chancellor” (52). Henry thinks that they are “friends” so when he gives More a higher position, More should agree to his divorce. Thomas More chooses to disagree with him, and he eventually puts More to death. Henry is mean and he gets ride all the people that are on his way. He has the same idea about friendship as Rich at some point. They both think that friends should help you get whatever you want, like business partners. The friendships they talks about are built on political reasons. Henry and Rich just give another name for their trade with More. However, More disagree with this kind of “friendship”. He refuses the requests from these two “friends” even he knows the consequences will influence his whole life.
Except Richard Rich and Henry VIII, does Thomas More have a real friend in this book? A person who asks nothing from him. Norfolk may be More’s true friend at once but then he wishes More can give in to the King. He asks More to give in the faith of God, which is something that more precious than a recommendation or a agreement with divorce. “ But damn it, Thomas, look at those names...You know those men! Can’t you do what I did, and come with us,...

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