The Concomitance of Asceticism and Valor in T. S. Eliot's Poetic Tragedy Murder in the Cathedral


Despite the truth that some modern dramatists have serious endeavorsto originate a fondness for poetic plays after a long time of absence, it is T. S. Eliot who is able to propound its theory and to found the tradition of this drama. His Murder in the Cathedral is the first poetic tragedy in the modern age that is structured in full-length. The recent research is an attempt to examine in depth the main character of this play, Thomas Beckett, and the aim is to investigate the inseparability between his asceticism and bravery that enables him to confront his self-will and then the tyrant king, Henry II. For being necessary to institute the proper background of the study, the reader is provided with the essential information concerning the development of drama in verse as well as Eliot's great efforts to revive it. In summing up the researcher concludes that expressing courage by the Archbishop comes to be the natural consequence of defying mundane affairs. Followed by a bibliography that encompasses the references, the endnotes come at the end of this treatise.