used to exemplify the portrayal of a devoted friendship between two men; nonetheless, the two lack
callous heart is warmed by the love of God and ultimately his soul is saved. Therefore, in the film
Beckett, the word cold is used to demonstrate the emotional and spiritual emptiness in the souls of
these two men.
influence others for their own gain. Insensitive and impervious, Beckett and Henry debauch and
drink without end. Wandering the English countryside, together the two men roam pursuing women.
Stumbling upon a peasant girl, Henry chooses to trade the worthless girl to Beckett, in exchange for
a “favor for favor,” which would be redeemed later. Thereafter, Henry demands the return of the
favor by seeking Becketts mistress Gwendolyn. When Beckett acquiesces, Gwendolyn questions
his honor. Sadly, she pleads, “will you take me back?” As he rejects her he responds, “where there
should be honor there’s a void.” This results with Gwendolyn taking her own life; we are led to
believe that it is not a matter of Henry’s imminent seduction, but Becketts cruel rejection of
England. Both men were constantly at odds with the church. In spite of that, Henry tries to attain
taxation. In order to manipulate the church, Henry appoints Beckett Chancellor of England.
Essentially, he tells the church to “pay up.” Consequently, a priest doubts Becketts loyalty as a
Saxon and a church deacon, Beckett responds to this by saying, “England is my ship and the King is
its captain.” To establish Becketts position as Chancellor of England, Henry gives him the ring,
that his soul is being drained because he is utilizing Beckett for his own gain.
his clothes and worldly possessions to the poor. Another change in him is his attitude towards God.
immediately changes. This led John to believe that Beckett has wholeheartedly embraced and
pledged his undying loyalty to God. Soon Henry, too, realizes that Beckett no longer is his right
hand man and his loyalty lies with God. Beckett upholds his position as a servant to God. This
Knowing that a priest must be tried by the church, Beckett objects. When the priest was killed at
Lord Gilbert’s command, Beckett demands his excommunication. In retaliation, Henry’s wrath is
me of this turbulent priest?” These fateful words call upon Becketts death. When Beckett opened
the doors to the church, he knew that Henry would have him slain. Beckett ends with his last words,
“Poor Henry,” expressing his sorrow for Henry and that he will never know the spiritual warmth of
Therefore, it becomes clear that the single word “cold” in the classic film Beckett involves
emotional and spiritual belief, King Henry II of England, a callous, selfish, man shows no care for his
family, his kingdom, his friends, and ultimately, God. As he betrays his only friend, Thomas Beckett,
of Thomas Beckett as a man, once a willing comrade to the heartless Henry; now the Archbishop of
Canterbury, Thomas Beckett reveals himself to be a man willing to sacrifice not only his worldly
goods, but his own life, in the pursuit of God’s grace. In finally finding his honor in God, Beckett’s
soul is warmed by his deep religion conviction. As he dies, he forgives his friend, lamenting that
Henry will never be forgiven by God. His final words, “Poor Henry,” reminds us that it is the “cold