In the story of Becket, King Henry of England and Thomas Becket are the greatest of friends despite their origins - Henry, a Norman, and Becket, a Saxon. Even so, Henry places great trust in Becket, promoting him to positions such as Chancellor and Archbishop of Canterbury. However, their friendship ends, due to the many differences between them, ultimately ending with the death of Becket. In the film, Becket, based on the novel by Jean Anouilh, Henry’s abuse of the 7 Deadly Sins shows himself to be more cruel than Thomas Becket, who reveals goodness in the 7 Heavenly Virtues. Throughout the film, King Henry constantly shows his usage of the 7 Deadly Sins. Henry displays his desire for lust mainly by sleeping with any woman he wishes. For example, before a battle against France, Henry brings a French woman to his tent and proceeds to fill his thirst for sex. He mainly see women as necessities to fulfill his need for lust. Another deadly sin Henry exhibits is Gluttony. During a feast, Henry rests on his throne, eating and drinking, while watching his men throw food at one another, which amuses him. He begins a toast, saying “Let us drink, gentlemen. Let us drink, till we roll under the table in vomit and oblivion” (Becket), which shows his approval getting drunk for the sake of fun. Next, would be his sin of Greed. Near the beginning of the film, Henry desires more money in order to fight the French and looks to the Church to extort money out of them. Despite the Church constantly refusing to pay him, Henry persists and implies that force may be used to get what he wants. Sloth shows his unwillingness and laziness to do anything, especially when Beckett no longer attends to him. Normally, Beckett would make Henry wash himself, but now, Henry never washes now, and in turn, stinks. Another way he displays sloth is the way he sees God. He believes that he is above God, and that the Church is just a nuisance. Throughout the movie, Henry constantly explodes in anger, which describes another deadly sin, Wrath. Any scene involving his family ends up with him being enraged at them for any reason. He even shoves his “royal foot up [his son’s] royal buttocks” (Becket), all while mocking that his son, Henry III, is not king until his own father dies. His wrath is also heavily displayed towards Beckett, when the latter chose God over him. His wrath leads him to plot against Becket, ultimately ending with the loss of who he considered a dear friend. Envy leads Henry to take Beckett’s mistress, Gwendolen, away from Beckett, in order to have her for himself and only himself. Henry has great pride as the King of England, constantly bellowing “I am the King!” He believes that as King, he dominates everything, and everything is inferior to him, even God. These 7 deadly sins display Henry as a cruel and unjust person, who believes that he is absolute in any way possible. On the other hand, Thomas Becket is the opposite of King Henry due to his righteousness through the use of the 7 Heavenly Virtues. Becket expresses the first Virtue, Love, by showing his love towards the Saxon people, as he himself is Saxon. When Henry and Becket finds shelter in a home of a Saxon family, the son of the family assaults Becket. Becket receives an injury and when Henry asks about it, Becket simply lies in order…
person of our Banquo present;
Who may I rather challenge for unkindness
Than pity for mischance!" (Act III Scene IV)
* Banquo should be there as a guest, he was one of Macbeth's closest friends. Macbeth pretends to wish that Banquo was at the celebration, his false sense of sadness at the absence of his friend may be the cause for the ghost's arrival in the room shortly thereafter.
Prithee, see there! behold! look! lo!
how say you?
Why, what care I? If thou canst nod, speak too.
kingdom of Denmark in the beginning of the play was the death of the king; he was killed by actual poison, but most people thought he was stung by a venomous snake. Jealousy had driven Claudius to kill his own brother in his sleep and married the queen so that he could become king. Every negative thing was begun from poisoned thoughts and actions. However, everything has their cause and effect, such as Hamlet was shock and angry with his mother because of her negative action of re-married to fast, leading…
attempt to succesffully describe the life of Father Miguel Hidalgo, and his great accomplishments in the Mexican Independence movement. I will also talk about Dona Josefa and the role she played in Hidalgos life.
Hidalgo was born on May 8,1753 in the city of corralejo, near the city of Guanajuato, Mexico. Miguel Hidalgo recieved his bachelors degree in theology and philosophy in 1773 from San Nicolas College. Hidalgo obtained his title of priest in 1778. In 1803, Miguels elder brother passed away,…
Long ago there was a greedy prince, who wanted nothing more than the perfect kingdom and the perfect wife. Prince Albert lived in a huge kingdom and in the middle of the forest, it was his beautiful castle and it had more hall ways and bed rooms than the smartest man in the land could count. He interviewed and flirted with the most beautiful girls ever imaginable buy none of them were good enough for the greedy Prince. One day he met a tall, blond, beautiful girl with an English accent. She was perfect…
Instructor-Graded Assignment in King Lear
2: Sight and perception in King Lear. Analyze the characters' failure to recognize one another, both physically and morally. For example, Gloucester and Lear fail to see their children as evil/virtuous; Lear fails to penetrate Kent's disguise; Gloucester does not recognize his son under various disguises. What does all this mean in the play? What does this motif contribute?
The failure to recognize one another is a common motif in the play King Lear, by William Shakespeare…
In Disney's The Lion King, Simba's father was killed by his brother Scar. Simba was crushed by this and had to avenge his father's death to reclaim his position of power. Although the shares similarities with Shakespeare's play Hamlet, and it was a children's movie, we can connect similarities between Simba and Hamlet . Like Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark, his father was also killed by his uncle. Through his seven soliloquies we can see he is confused and virtuous. Confusion torments him to…
of The Lion King
The Lion King is a classic movie, beloved by many. On the surface, this movie seems to be a light-hearted, carefree tale of a lion cub’s journey to justice. However, on taking a deeper look, one finds that the tale consists of conflicting worldviews and philosophies, while presenting the idea of destiny. But which religions and philosophies is it portraying? Let us take a closer look.
Some would argue that Christianity is the mainly presented religion in the Lion King. After studying…
The Acts of King Arthur and His
By John Steinbeck
Part One: Plot
The first section of the book is entitled Merlin. The story begins by telling how Arthur came to be born and then flows into the life of Arthur. When Arthur is in his earlier years…