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Murder in the Cathedral T S Eliot S Verse Dramatization Of The Murder Of Thomas Becket At Canterbury, Winner Of The Nobel Prize For LiteratureThe Archbishop Thomas Becket Speaks Fatal Words Before He Is Martyred In T S Eliot S Best Known Drama, Based On The Murder Of The Archbishop Of Canterbury In Praised For Its Poetically Masterful Handling Of Issues Of Faith, Politics, And The Common Good, T S Eliot S Play Bolstered His Reputation As The Most Significant Poet Of His Time


10 thoughts on “Murder in the Cathedral

  1. says:

    A fabulous verse drama about the martyrdom of Thomas Becket Most of the action is in Thomas s head, as he rejects the easy solutions presented by his Tempters, and decides to stick to the course which inevitably leads to his death My favorite lines are the following The last temptation is the greatest treasonTo do the right deed for the wrong reason It sounds convincing, but I ve never been able to decide if I agree Given how uncertain people generally are about their motives, isn t what y A fabulous verse drama about the martyrdom of Thomas Becket Most of the action is in Thomas s head, as he rejects the easy solutions presented by his Tempters, and decides to stick to the course which inevitably leads to his death My favorite lines are the following The last temptation is the greatest treasonTo do the right deed for the wrong reason It sounds convincing, but I ve never been able to decide if I agree Given how uncertain people generally are about their motives, isn t what you do the most important thing For example, when you read about the background to many great works of art, you ll often find that they were composed for the most trivial and ridiculous of reasons impressing some random woman that the author was keen on, settling scores with a rival, winning a bet, or, most often, just paying an overdue bill I don t think that makes any difference at all But Eliot s poetry is so compelling that you only think of this stuff afterwards while reading it, I just find myself swept along by the verse It s one of his best pieces, and surprisingly unknown compared to Prufrock and The Waste Land


  2. says:

    It took me almost a month to get through this small play because I had to keep going back and re read certain parts As I was reading the play I kept comparing Eliot to Shakespeare Maybe that was wrong and one of the reasons why it took me so long to read because they are both writers of a different caliber, but for me, Shakespeare s writing flows with delicacy and beauty, while Eliot s writing is stiff and dare I say, dull He certainly didn t grab my attention the way Skakespeare does That b It took me almost a month to get through this small play because I had to keep going back and re read certain parts As I was reading the play I kept comparing Eliot to Shakespeare Maybe that was wrong and one of the reasons why it took me so long to read because they are both writers of a different caliber, but for me, Shakespeare s writing flows with delicacy and beauty, while Eliot s writing is stiff and dare I say, dull He certainly didn t grab my attention the way Skakespeare does That being said, I did enjoy learning about Thomas Becket because I didn t know that much about him The parts I loved about the play were the Christmas sermon and the climax at the end


  3. says:

    Finished a re read, after first reading Thomas Becket Warrior, Priest, Rebel, by John Guy, and watching the movie, Becket , starring Peter O Toole and Richard Burton 1964.I got a lotout of Part I and the Interlude, 2nd time thru Not muchout of Part II, tho I read this book because of a recent read of The Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett The two books together, and the movie, have made me interested to learn , particularly about Eleanor of Aquitaine Finished a re read, after first reading Thomas Becket Warrior, Priest, Rebel, by John Guy, and watching the movie, Becket , starring Peter O Toole and Richard Burton 1964.I got a lotout of Part I and the Interlude, 2nd time thru Not muchout of Part II, tho I read this book because of a recent read of The Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett The two books together, and the movie, have made me interested to learn , particularly about Eleanor of Aquitaine Can t rate yet I had to finish, I wanted to see what came next well, I knewwhat was to come next, but I wanted to see how it was handled.Not done with this book tho Definitely going to back up, and re read, and do some learning, especially about Part I and the Tempters


  4. says:

    Human kind cannot bear very much reality.The structure of this play is gripping The use of the chorus was very effective, whereas the depiction of a conflicted Becket in dialogue with his temptations could ve been explored further The absence of Henry II makes mattershuman and inchoate The state is thus shorn of personality The debate of ideas and sacrifice reminded me of the debate surrounding Edward Snowden Unfortunately I began to ponder and compare the fixed points of liberty and Human kind cannot bear very much reality.The structure of this play is gripping The use of the chorus was very effective, whereas the depiction of a conflicted Becket in dialogue with his temptations could ve been explored further The absence of Henry II makes mattershuman and inchoate The state is thus shorn of personality The debate of ideas and sacrifice reminded me of the debate surrounding Edward Snowden Unfortunately I began to ponder and compare the fixed points of liberty and security and my attention drifted


  5. says:

    Really thought provoking T.S Eliot didn t just set up a straw man for Thomas Beckett s hagiography To what extent do we seek the good of the culture in the present To what extent can our commitment to running counter to it allow us to slip into religious pride


  6. says:

    A Political Martyr4 July 2020 I never realised that T.S Elliot actually wrote plays, but then again I m not all that familiar with his works, which, to be honest, I should really consider rectifying This particular play was written for the Canterbury Festival in 1935 and depicts the events that lead up to the murder of Thomas Beckett by four knights who took King Henry II s statement will nobody rid me of that troublesome priest a little too literally Mind you, murdering a priest really did A Political Martyr4 July 2020 I never realised that T.S Elliot actually wrote plays, but then again I m not all that familiar with his works, which, to be honest, I should really consider rectifying This particular play was written for the Canterbury Festival in 1935 and depicts the events that lead up to the murder of Thomas Beckett by four knights who took King Henry II s statement will nobody rid me of that troublesome priest a little too literally Mind you, murdering a priest really didn t go down all that well in 12th Century England, though the knights did end up fleeing, but from what I gathered from the notes included in the text, they weren t exactly welcome anywhere Elliot used the Ancient Greek style of playwriting for this particular piece, with the setting being Canterbury Cathedral, and the action is his murder He also has a chorus of women, and there are only at most three people communicating with each other at one time Okay, the events take place over a number of days, considering that Beckett s Christmas sermon is included, and Beckett was murdered on 29th December, but I d say that the events are all close enough so as to sit well with the unity of time There are a few interesting things in this play, though the focus tends to be mostly on Beckett s martyrdom For instance, we have the tempters that are encouraging Beckett to flee to the continent, which not only brings back images of Socrates in the Crito, where there is a discussion between Socrates and his friends as to whether he should escape from Athens Of course, images of Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane are also apparent, particularly where Christ is tempted to flee the cross In a way, Beckett can see his martyrdom approaching, and he chooses to stand firm and face it Yet I struggle to see this as a martyrdom in its true form Like, the whole conflict between Henry and Beckett seems to come down to two possibilities the struggle between the Church and the State, and the struggle between England and continental Europe In a way, the struggle between the church and state had been brewing for quite a while, and in reality, England sits on the outer edges of the church s domains Yet, I can see images of Brexit as well, something that seems to permeate through the ages So, the idea of church and state is the question of who holds the greater authority the King, or the Pope London, or Rome For centuries kings had risen, and fallen, at the will of the Popes, and pretty much all continental policy was formed out of the Vatican While the kings held dominion over temporal affairs, and the Pope holding dominion over spiritual affairs, the reality of the situation was that Rome pretty much pulled the strings This is where the whole Beckett controversy arose Basically Henry wanted a weaker church in England, namely so that he could do things without having to get permission from Rome When the previous Archbishop died he decided to appoint his old friend Beckett, who had been Lord Chancellor Well, it turned out that loyalties didn t seem to stick, or you could say that Beckett saw his allegiance to God is greater than his allegiance to the king I suspect things like that still happen these days, especially when judges are appointed to the Supreme Court and the people that appointed them suddenly discover that these judges actually have a mind of their own Another interesting idea is the whole Brexit mess Okay, I m certainly one of those people who has accepted the fact that Brexit will happen, despite not thinking that it will be a good idea Then again, a united Europe certainly does scare an awful lot of people, and attempting to break it apart is the goal of a number of not very pleasant people However, it seems that this struggle between Europe and England has been going on for centuries It s like England, or even Britain, don t see themselves as being a part of Europe because of, well, the moat Mind you, moats are absolutely wonderful things, but it certainly seems that Brexit really isn t anything new So, yeah, I really don t see Beckett as being a martyr, at least not in the traditional sense No, it seems to haveto do with the conflict with state power It was clear that Henry really didn t appreciate Rome meddling in his affairs, which was why he decided to install Becket as archbishop However, one also gets the impression that he really didn t mean to have Beckett killed, it was just that these knights decided to act out on their own Mind you, one interesting thing that the editor does say is that the actual historicity of the event is pretty difficult to determine considering that much of what was written, was actually written by Beckett sympathisers As such, we tend to have resources that tend to support Beckett muchthan Henry


  7. says:

    OK was as good as I could do with this one I could not imagine sitting through a performance of this It s not Shakespeare, it s not Greek, it is Eliot, though, I suppose Theater doesn t seem to fit him as well as poetry, in my opinion.Becket returns to England knowing he s a marked man Reconciliation with the king will not happen And after a temptation scene and advice from friends, he stands firm in the knowledge he will become a martyr With a few tweaks this sounds like Jesus last visit OK was as good as I could do with this one I could not imagine sitting through a performance of this It s not Shakespeare, it s not Greek, it is Eliot, though, I suppose Theater doesn t seem to fit him as well as poetry, in my opinion.Becket returns to England knowing he s a marked man Reconciliation with the king will not happen And after a temptation scene and advice from friends, he stands firm in the knowledge he will become a martyr With a few tweaks this sounds like Jesus last visit to Jerusalem as found in the New Testament accounts Becket joins the ranks of the faithful following after the founder of the church No points for an original story line, no points for the character of Beckett, and very few points for his poetic presentation It s Eliot using his play as a rather obvious vehicle for defending a position he feels needs it State versus the church loyalties And in the end he decides for neither, but a higher calling still I d much prefer to revisit the movie Becket


  8. says:

    Uma pe a de teatro po tica sobre o assassinato, no dia 29 de dezembro de 1170, de S o Thomas Becket, Arcebispo de Cantu ria Um horror de chato para mim, claro, pois numa espreitadela r pida nas reviews vi muitas com cinco estrelas.


  9. says:

    I never liked T.S Eliot When I was a teenager, The Waste Land was agony Now that I m an adult, I see the truth in The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock, but that s another review altogether Nevertheless, I was weary of Murder in the Cathedral But I have a soft spot in my heart for Thomas Becket Thomas worked for his education While studying law, he was mocked by his peers because he didn t come from a wealthy family and didn t have the same experiences that they had But then, he rose I never liked T.S Eliot When I was a teenager, The Waste Land was agony Now that I m an adult, I see the truth in The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock, but that s another review altogether Nevertheless, I was weary of Murder in the Cathedral But I have a soft spot in my heart for Thomas Becket Thomas worked for his education While studying law, he was mocked by his peers because he didn t come from a wealthy family and didn t have the same experiences that they had But then, he rose in the ranks of English society to become the second most powerful man in Englandaccurately, he became the other most important man in England Until Henry II tried to destroy the wall between the English church and the English state so that the state could control the church If he had succeeded, Henry would have become the most powerful man in England Thomas defied him Saint and Martyr rule from the tomb. We meet Thomas in the final days of his defiance Everyone knows what is coming, and an ominous cloak hangs over Canterbury.I liked that Eliot personified the temptations that Thomas faced his friendship with Henry, the chance for earthly power, the good of the English church, and the glory of martyrdom The glory of martyrdom is the most seductive of all The last temptation is the greatest treason To do the right deed for the wrong reason The scenes with the temptations mirrored Christ s agony in Gethsemane, except that Eliot gave voice to the thoughts that would have restrained Thomas The Bible never takes that liberty.Eliot breaks the rhythm of the poem to allow Thomas to preach to the audience I loved that Eliot allows Thomas this opportunity It gives lie to the idea that Thomas does the right deed for the wrong reason T he true martyr is hewho no longer desires anything for himself, not even the glory of being a martyr Eliot s Thomas has no self service on his conscience.Then there is the martyrdom.I thought the play would have ended with Thomas death Then, Eliot breaks down the fourth wall again The soldiers address the audience I liked that Eliot allows this, too One of the soldiers speaks a truth that I had not considered one generation earlier, the kingdom was divided by the Anarchy, and the rift between Thomas and Henry threatened to divide it again I had always seen the struggle between the men as a power struggle Thomas Third Temptation and the Second Knight say the nation itself was in jeopardy The martyrdom unified the kingdom.The play is not merely a hagiography The play isn t Eliot aggrandizing himself The play is bigger than either Thomas.Thomas Eliot and Thomas Becket, together, are magic


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