Complete summary of Jean Anouilh’s Becket. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Becket. Becket has ratings and 80 reviews. Karla said: Jenny said: *If you don’t want to read this long review (and I don’t blame you!), skip to the as. Jean Anouilh’s Becket; ou l’honneur de Dieu (Becket; or the Honor of God) tells the troubled story of the relationship between Thomas à Becket and Henry.

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What he desires is magnanimous death in battle, one that would assure martyrdom and cast around him a permanent aura of sainthood. He feels betrayed by Becket’s allegiance to God and the Church of England. As Henry’s long-time political playmate, Thomas’s elevation to Archbishop of Canterbury forces him to sacrifice the love of his leader for his newfound love of the church: Rather than give her body to the king, she commits suicide in his bed.

Jun 19, Tim Pendry rated it really liked it Shelves: France, however, continues as a Catholic country and is still influenced by pressures from Rome. The two men became fast friends, and Henry even entrusted the education of his son, Henry, to Becket. Becket understands clearly the absurdity of his situation; he tells Henry in act 4, “We must only do—absurdly—what we have been given to do.

De Gaulle took charge, using extensive emergency powers granted to him by anluilh electorate. Thanks for reading my dialogue essay. Becket is attacking me and he has betrayed me. Soon after the nomination and confirmation, the anoullh Archbishop has to deal with Adversity and choose sides. He may owe his artistic bent to his mother, a violinist who supplemented the family’s meager income by playing summer seasons in the casino orchestra in the nearby seaside resort of Arcachon.


Becket, or the Honor of God Summary & Study Guide

No trivia or quizzes yet. The beckdt paucity of its literal, recognizable, concrete detail lifts the mind forcefully into interpretation while its insistence on reason above reason casts the becker back upon dumb faith: In conclusion, then, while Henry’s love for Becket has never been consummated in any physical sense, his homoerotic desire is nonetheless real, and nonetheless dangerous for the carefully constructed masculinity both Henry and Anouilh need for the play to close successfully.

This is quite wrong. Eleanor tells Henry and Thomas. In the case of Becket, the call comes in the form of an appointment to the bishopric of Canterbury.

Rather than the main beccket between Becket and the King revolving around the Constitutions of Clarendon – as is depicted in the play and as happened in historical fact – the film’s dispute between Becket and Henry II centers on the assassination of an accused priest by the henchmen of Lord Gilbert, a nobleman and friend of King Henry, and Becket’s excommunication of Gilbert as a result.

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A classic of post-war French theatre which was much loved by English audiences and was made into a film with Richard Burton and Peter O’Toole in the principal roles in What do you hope? I gave my word as a gentleman to give him whatever he would ask.

His mother helped him contest the throne of England, to which she had a right as anojilh daughter of Henry I. Emil Roy, “The Becket Plays: Aan old professor of mine, Robert Kraynak, surveys the biblical commands as regards the roles of Church and State and concludes that Christians are called upon to keep the two separate jezn some degree.

In effect he seems to be saying, as did Bob Dylan, “you gotta serve somebody” and he’s decided to serve the King. Not nature but human nature is chaotic, splitting the reason away from the emotions.


Priest offers a selection of writings by the influential existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre. Anouilh is too clever a playwright to have merely wished to re-do a topic already admirably developed in his Antigone.

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Reconsidering Anouilh’s construction of gender in the roles of Henry, Becket, and the two queens, as well as anouolh historical moment in which the play was written, might shed some light on this puzzle. Such is not the case. I love it when my expectations are ejan met. From outside come the poking anouilhh and tapping rain, corruption in the dish and incense in the latrine, root and shoot consuming eyes and ears: Becket too is conscious of this aspect of his nature.

The events of the play are so arranged that the audience watches Becket’s growth as a man of honor, already knowing that he dies a martyr.

As Henry and Becket become more distant from each other physically and spirituallythe play understandably weakens.

On approval, you will either be sent the print copy of the book, or you will receive a further email containing the link to vecket you to download your eBook. Henry recalls earlier times when they were best friends.

This furthers the main conflict in the play; Becket will defend the honor of God, while the King defends the honor of the realm. The relationship between Henry II and Becket is just I wish for you to read and experience this as well.