Murder in the Cathedral PDF ß Murder in Epub /

Murder in the Cathedral PDF ß Murder in Epub /

Murder in the Cathedral ➸ [Reading] ➺ Murder in the Cathedral By T.S. Eliot ➭ – 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' 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 Murder in Epub / 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.

  • Paperback
  • 94 pages
  • Murder in the Cathedral
  • T.S. Eliot
  • English
  • 13 March 2014
  • 9780571086115

About the Author: T.S. Eliot

Thomas Stearns Eliot was a poet dramatist and literary critic He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in for his outstanding pioneer contribution to present day poetry He wrote the poems The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock The Waste Land The Hollow Men Ash Wednesday Murder in Epub / and Four uartets; the plays Murder in the Cathedral and The Cocktail Party; and the essay Tradition and the Individ.

14 thoughts on “Murder in the Cathedral

  1. Manny Manny 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 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. Loretta Loretta 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 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. MK MK 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 1964I got a lot out of Part I and the Interlude 2nd time thru Not much out 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 Auitaine 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 handledNot '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. Jonfaith Jonfaith says:

    Human kind cannot bear very much realityThe 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 matters human 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. Brian Eshleman Brian Eshleman says:

    Really thought provoking TS 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. David Sarkies David Sarkies says:

    A Political Martyr4 July 2020 I never realised that TS 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 uite 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 uestion 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 have to 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 much than Henry

  7. Gini Gini 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 opinionBecket 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. Teresa Teresa says:

    Uma peça de teatro poética sobre o assassinato no dia 29 de dezembro de 1170 de São Thomas Becket Arcebispo de Cantuária Um horror de chato; para mim claro pois numa espreitadela rápida nas reviews vi muitas com cinco estrelas

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