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 best to follow his conscience and not let outside forces influence him. In contrast, Rich is happy to accept bribes and compromise himself if it means his social status will continue to improve.
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...his basket. He takes out a jug of alcohol and several goblets, including Thomas More’s silver cup , and sets the newly revealed dinner table. He asserts, “The Sixteenth Century is the... (full context)
...coercion and corruption, as his influence comes with built-in moral dilemmas. He shows Rich a silver cup which he was given as an attempted bribe. More feels corrupted just by keeping it... (full context)
...More accepting a bribe, as he was also present the night More gave Rich the silver cup —but, because Norfolk found the story unconvincing, the Steward was never asked to testify. The... (full context)