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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Anouilh’s facility with language needs no defense here in spite of Time magazine’s reviewer who saw nothing jeaj the play except “playful trills and prayerful chords and swelling harmonies” in which “there is no guarantee of history.

The play highlights the underlying tension between the Norman Henry and the Saxon Becket.

Becket, or the Honor of God Summary & Study Guide

That man is Thomas Becket. He says, “Tenir la barre du bateau” take the helm of the boat. The initial reaction of the King’s friend is at once one of fear and reluctance: Anouilh’s big thing was saying No, and here he gets plenty of scope to work with that theme.

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 Eliot, Christopher Fryand Jean Anouilh.

Also, there is no indication that Becket joined Henry in whoring and other debauchery before he became Archbishop. Becket is resilient in bec,et loyal to whatever his given responsibilities are. Therefore, the plot reaches its inevitable conclusion; without compromise, there must be a confrontation – one side will win, while the other loses.

View all 9 comments. Consequently, on December 29, a troop of Henry’s men crossed the English Channeltraveled to Canterbury, and assassinated the archbishop Becket while he celebrated mass. There is one significant exception to the construction of women in this play: Nevertheless, the general mood and theme of the play and film are correct: Sire, the operation has been successful! Henry never forgets that he is king, however; in a crucial scene, he takes Becket’s mistress from him, merely to show Becket that he can.


Becket, or the Honor of God Summary & Study Guide

To ask other readers questions about Becketplease sign up. Additional scenes were written by Edward Anhalt for the film. The alternating rise and fall of the seasons, empires and individual destinies are assimilated by Becket’s wheel, visually formed at the end by the knights’ swords with Thomas as the still point.

I’ll definitely read it again. The conflict and plot also play out naturally. Harmon, William, and C. Henry asks in act 1, “Did you love me when I made you Chancellor.

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Any reader of this play without sufficient historical context would lose the implications of this choice. He is a womanizer, a drinker, and a passionate friend. For the knights, in their sordid lust and anger, he has crept upon Henry’s shirt like a blood-swollen louse. In addition, he has excommunicated the three men responsible, all friends of the king.

After prayer, Becket understands that he has been chosen to be archbishop of Canterbury in order to defend God’s honor; it is this role he must play out. The conflict is savage and the Archbishop is declared an enemy of the king and of the country. Its particular angle of perception rests upon revealed truth, a truth which in Fergusson’s terms is at once reasoned and beyond reason.

He also proves himself to be a man of great appetites: Fry’s shift of emphasis from Thomas to Henry results from his attempt to dovetail the King’s historical character with the more abstract theme of conflicting legal systems, civil, religious, moral, and divine. Suddenly he stops, goes to her, grabs the puzzled and semi-naked girl with brutality, and speaks: She is Welsh and a self-described “war captive.


Do you love Gwendolen? Nowhere, however, is Anouilh’s attitude toward the Becket of the early play more apparent than in this telling stage direction: Originally published on my blog here in January De Gaulle took charge, using extensive emergency powers granted to him by the electorate.

There is thus no question for Becket of the validity of the cause. A translation of the play by Lucienne Hill was issued in England and New York by Coward-McCann publishers, who subsequently reprinted the play twenty-three times, a comment on bcket ongoing popularity of Anouilh’s play. In this essay, Henningfeld examines Anouilh’s construction of gender in the roles of Henry, Becket, and the two queens.

Generally, in the heroic story there is a final battle during which the hero proves triumphant. So much of their imagery suggests both the unreality of what is perceived, along with jeaj over-intensity of sensation and intuition. What is woven on the loom of fate, What is woven in the councils jeah princes Is woven also in our veins, our brains.

Often, heroes are reluctant to heed the call; they often do not want to take on the mission before them.