A Man for all Seasons, a play by Robert Bolt, portrays the true story of Sir Thomas More’s martyrdom. Written by the screenplay author of Dr. Zhivago and Lawrence of Arabia, A Man for All Seasons delves into the the motivations and internal struggles of a great man, contrasted by the moral downfall of the men around him. The 1966 movie won 6 Academy Awards including best picture, it’s well worth watching!
Principle: Conscience must be obeyed at all costs.
Themes: conscience & guilt; fatherhood; law; friendship; loyalty; education; leadership
1- Consider each of the characters’ allegiance. How does their allegiance play out in their decisions? What is your allegiance? How does your behavior show it?
2- Consider the contrast between More and the common man. How can you be more like More?