Murder in the Cathedral

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A True Hero Portrayed: Thomas Becket Edward Grim was a good friend of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket. Around his neck, Grim even bore the cross necklace of Becket. On December 29, 1170, Grim witnessed the horrific murder of his good friend where he was delivering mass in his own cathedral. This was the day that Thomas Becket was martyred for his faith. Grim remained loyal to Becket, writing down the details of the brutality he had seen that day; He called it Martyrdom. Martyrdom is now known as a historically accurate text depicting the murder of St. Thomas Becket. Using Grim’s text as reference, the prestigious playwright, T.S. Eliot, wrote Murder in the Cathedral, with Becket as the central character. Historical accuracies assisted Eliot in creating a character with valor and strength and telling the story of his road to martyrdom.
Firstly, Eliot depicts Becket as a bold man who has no fear. This is clearly exemplified right away by Thomas’ return to England from France. He knows his death is coming and he does not run and hide from it. In his last moments, Becket stands strong for his beliefs, revealing himself to the Knights who have come to bring him to his death. Even as all the monks beside him tremble with fright, Becket remains composed. In his obvious repetition of the word “fear,” Grim depicts Becket’s attitude. He writes:
‘The righteous will be like a bold lion and free from fear,’ he descended from the steps to which he had been taken by the monks who were fearful of the knights and said in an adequately audible voice, ‘Here I am, not a traitor of the king but a priest; why do you seek me?’ (Grim).
Grim repeatedly instills that Becket was a fearless man and this historical accuracy is clearly taken into account and used by Eliot in his own text. Throughout Eliot’s text, one also acknowledges the several parallels…...

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