Murder in the Cathedral


T. S. Eliot

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Murder in the Cathedral Symbols


As the act of sacrificing one’s life in the defense or upholding of certain religious beliefs, martyrdom is the emblem of Becket’s radical submission to God. Becket seems to desire martyrdom from the very…

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The Wheel

Used by Becket as an image to describe the interdependent relationship between acting and suffering, the wheel represents the wholeness and indivisibility of the divine, spiritual reality behind the everyday world of (medieval Christian) human…

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