Murder in the Cathedral

Murder in the Cathedral: Biography: Thomas Stearns Eliot

BiographyAlthough born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1888, Thomas Stearns Eliot is remembered more as an English author than an American one. While a doctoral student in philosophy at Harvard, Eliot was influenced by F.H. Bradley, who taught about “immediate experience as a means of transcending appearance and achieving the Absolute”-a theme apparent throughout Murder …

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Murder in the Cathedral: Novel Summary: Interlude

Interlude  Summary Archbishop Becket preaches his Christmas morning sermon, taking as his text the traditional narrative of the announcement of Christs birth to the shepherds in Luke 2. Becket makes several points in his brief homily. He tells his listeners that, through the bloodless sacrifice of the Mass, the Christian community celebrates Jesus death at …

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Murder in the Cathedral: Novel Summary: Part I

Part I  Summary The scene is the Archbishops Hall in Canterbury, December 2, 1170. A group of Canterburys women find themselves inexplicably drawn to the cathedral, filled with foreboding. Three priests also arrive, wondering about the circumstances surrounding the imminent return of Archbishop Thomas Becket to Canterbury. Becket has been in exile for seven years; …

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Murder in the Cathedral: Novel Summary: A Note on Historical Background

A Note on Historical BackgroundNote: In the following commentary, all page numbers refer to the Harvest Book (Harcourt, Inc.) edition of T. S. Eliots Murder in the Cathedral. Eliots text makes many allusions to Scripture; this analysis quotes the Bible to help illumine the text. Unless otherwise noted, Scripture quotations in this analysis are from …

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