Study Guide

A Man for All Seasons Fear

By Robert Bolt

Fear

Although everyone in A Man for All Seasons thinks that Thomas More is fearless, they're so off base it's not even funny. Don't get it twisted, though: More's a brave dude. Like, as brave as a certain little toaster we know. Still, that doesn't mean he doesn't feel fear—he's just learned how to control it. Just look at his reaction to King Henry VIII's decree that the Catholic Church will be expelled from England: although More is terrified of what might happen to him if he publicly disputes this issue, he refuses to back down and renounce his beliefs. And trust us on this one—More has good reason to be scared...

Questions About Fear

  1. What is More most afraid of?
  2. Is the King afraid of anything? Explain your answer.
  3. How does More's fear of reprisal come out in his interactions with his family?
  4. Why does Rich think that More is fearless?

Chew on This

While More has little concern for his own well-being, he's absolutely terrified of something happening to his family.

Although More refuses to talk directly with his family about the divorce, his fear becomes clear through his occasionally angry outbursts and short patience.

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