In ‘A Man for all Seasons’, Sir Thomas More was a moral and honourable man, who acted based on his conscience and strong principles and who died for his religious beliefs. More was a man of such integrity and virtue that faced many obstacles and difficulties to do what he felt was right even if it meant costing his life. Such a decent and upright man like More is someone whom I look up to and respect because he has values that we do not possess.
In life, belief can be a very powerful thing, sometimes, powerful enough to the extent that can affect important choices and, powerful enough to the extent that the price for it means costing you your life and being heavily criticised by the society. More is an excellent example of one who stood firm in his beliefs, refusing to bend down even when threatened with death. His devotion to believing in god made him a figure both worshipped and unfortunately, criticised as well.
Sir Thomas More although widely regarded as a saint and a martyr, was also heavily criticised for his stubbornness and selfishness and for not caring for his wellbeing of his family as much as the way he was concerned with his loyalty to God. As much as More’s family tried to understand his reasons for not taking the oath, they could not but eventually did. “When a man takes an oath…he’s holding his own self in his own hands. Like water and if he opens his fingers then – he needn’t hope to find himself again.” More’s loyalty and faithfulness to God has surpassed everything including losing his family, the King and his own safety and thus, he could not bring himself to take the oath as much as he wanted to. It is against his religious beliefs and principles which to him represent his soul and a man with such integrity should be highly credited, not condemned.
Sir Thomas More was a magnanimous lawyer who was always honest which was really unusual in his profession in his era. Once More knew that the goblet he received was a bribe, he...