Short Answers of Murder in the Cathedral by T.S. Eliot

What does the chorus comprise of in the “Murder in the Cathedral”?

The chorus comprise of Canterbury’s poor, common and plain women. These women are catholic and respect the Archbishop in the “Murder in The Cathedral”.

What does the chorus claim is their purpose in the action of the play?

In the play “Murder in the Cathedral” the major purpose of the chorus here to develop the action of the play. Chorus also witness the events, indicates the fore coming events, play initiated and ended by chorus and functions as critic and reformer.

In what ways is the play “Murder in The Cathedral” pessimistic and optimistic?

“Murder in the Cathedral” is a Christian play in which Thomas Becket murdered but secured the spiritual path for those who will come after him. Here Becket’s thought is optimistic.
It is pessimistic because Eliot depicts the life of suffering through the chorus’ pessimistic speeches, life of Becket, life of Canterbury’s women and the speeches of priests.

Who is singing in the play ‘Murder in The Cathedral’ when it opens?

Canterbury’s poor, common and plain women in the shape of chorus singing in the play “Murder in The Cathedral” when it opens.


Who is singing in the second part of the play ‘Murder in The Cathedral’?

Canterbury’s poor, common and plain women in the shape of chorus singing in the second part of the play “Murder in The Cathedral”.

What does first tempter says?

He inspires Becket to recall his decent old days with King Henry before his exile and to fix his relationship with King Henry-II.

What does second tempter says?

The second tempter says that he resume the role of chancellor once again and leave the present position of the Archbishop.

What does third tempter represents?

The third tempter presents the idea that they unite the lords and barrens to over throw the kingship of King Henry-II.

What does forth tempter wants?

The forth tempter wants Becket to follow the martyrdom and emphasis on sainthood.


What is Becket’s view about martyrdom?

Becket says that “A martyr is not merely one who dies for God but rather one who allows himself to be the instrument of God.

What do tempters reveal on us?

First tempter revealed the Becket’s past, second and third tempters revealed the present position of Becket and forth tempter revealed his desire for martyrdom.


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