A Man For All Seasons

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Matthew Francis American Heritage 100, Section 48 3 October 2008 A Man For All Seasons 1. In the opening, Woolsey mocks More for being too moral and reliant on prayer. Woolsey justifies the idea of satisfying the King’s desire to break his marriage with Catherine of Aragon and marry Anne Boleyn because Catherine cannot produce an heir, which is necessary to keep the country from falling into war and bloodshed over the search for its succeeding ruler. 2. More, instead, suggests Richard Rich become a teacher because, as he said, Richard would be “a fine teacher” and live a quiet life. Also, he says Richard cannot be trusted to withstand the temptation of accepting bribes. This teaches us about the nature of political power that it should only be given to those who can be trusted with it and not abuse the authority. 3. The King presents the “argument” that the scriptures say that you should not marry your brother’s widow—as Catherine of Aragon was—justifying the dissolving of his first marriage by deeming it illegitimate from the beginning.
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This note was uploaded on 10/17/2011 for the course AMERICAN H 100 taught by Professor Dr,holland during the Fall '08 term at BYU.

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