A Man for All Seasons Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. How does Bolt say people speak, and what does he say the problem is with this?

Bolt writes that we speak of ourselves in the third person and measure self against our larger society. The author points out the problem with this theory is the fact that society can only understand us as far as we understand ourselves.

2. What did Bolt say More had the ability to do that most people do not?

Bolt says that Sir Thomas More had an ability to seize life. He found a sense of self that most others lack. Without this sense of self, life has no value.

3. How did More trust in the law when he rejected the King's demands?

More's sense of self would not allow him to bend to the King's wishes. More trusted the law to protect him. He believed the law was the pattern of society, and his trust in the law was equivalent to his trust in society.

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