A Man for All Seasons

by

Robert Bolt

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Water, Tides, and the Sea

Bolt uses many forms of water and water-related objects (the ocean, tides, the currents of the river, boats) to represent the often unknowable nature of religion and morality. Unlike human laws, which are represented by…

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Dry Land

Dry land exists in contrast to water, tides, and the sea. It represents society and the laws of mankind, as opposed to the laws of religion or personal morality. Dry land is unchanging, predictable…

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The Silver Cup

This cup stands in as symbol of corruption. Thomas More receives the cup as a bribe before the play begins, but immediately gives it to Richard Rich, who happily accepts it. More does his…

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