Murder in the CathedralMurder in the Cathedral
is a drama
in verse by T. S. Eliot
, first performed in 1935
. Eliot's own Anglo-Catholic
beliefs strongly motivate his writing. The action takes place during the few days leading up to the martyrdom of Thomas Becket
, whose internal struggle is the main thrust of the play. Having come into conflict with secular authority, Archbishop Becket is visited by a succession of tempters, who variously urge him to avoid or to seek martyrdom.
- The last temptation is the greatest treason,
- To do the right thing for the wrong reason.
Finally, he achieves peace of mind by electing not to look for sainthood, but to accept death as inevitable.