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Theatre / Sir Thomas More

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Sir Thomas More is a sixteenth-century play about, well, Sir Thomas More. Or to be more precise, about his rise and fall during the last period of his life. It was written by Anthony Munday, Henry Chettle, Thomas Dekker, Thomas Heywood and (most likely) William Shakespeare.

Tropes in Sir Thomas More:

  • Anyone Can Die: Being bases on real events, the play doesn't contain a single character who's sure to survive to the end.
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  • Foregone Conclusion: The fact that More died for his beliefs in the real world makes it obvious that he won't back down, or survive, in the play either.
  • Historical Hero Upgrade: More's good sides are the focus in the play, which is designed to paint him in a flattering light. His support of burning heretics and his opposition to free speech go unmentioned.
  • The Pardon: Lincoln is executed before word is able to reach the executioner that the king has decreed that none of the rioters are to lose their lives. Therefore, the earl of Surrey pardons the rest of them, as a sort of compensation for Lincoln's execution.
  • Pungeon Master: More enjoys making puns on his surname. In fact, he makes... more of them than anybody else.
  • Serious Business: Jack Falconer is prepared to do jail time rather than get his hair cut. Well, for a while.
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  • Shaming the Mob: More calms down a rioting, xenophobic crowd by pointing out that they might get banished from England for their disorderly behavior, and what are they going to do if the inhabitants of the country where they get banished show the same xenophobic attitude towards them?

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