Master of Arts
James R. Frakes
The story of Thomas Becket has long captivated men's imaginations: two dramatists, T.S. Eliot and Jean Anouilh, have utilized that history as a basis for dramas. Through Becket's story, Eliot and Anouilh present 'indiscussable truths': for Eliot, it is that Becket is the epitome of Christian freedom which comes only through total submission to a Divine will; for Anouilh, it si that each man must determine his own salvation in an isolated universe.
Wenger, Donna Faye, "Drama and history: thomas becket as portrayed by eliot and anouilh" (1969). Theses and Dissertations. 3751.