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“...to thine own self be true, and it shall follow, as the night the day, thou cans’t not then be false to any man.” ~Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act I, Scene III
Integrity is the major theme of A Man for All Seasons. Sir Thomas More stays true to his conscience even under threat of death.
Some minor themes are:
No man can serve two masters.
Every man has his price.
Look to your own conscience for what to believe and how to act.
Having serious concerns about your life and death does not preclude being lighthearted and sociable.
The mood is ominous, suspenseful and foreboding with occasional lighthearted moments. Sir Thomas More knows the seriousness of his situation. However, he continues to entertain and be companionable. We know his situation, too, so there is a dark cloud hanging over everything, even as Sir Thomas is making light of the circumstances for his family’s sake.