1. Compare the parallels between the presentation of Becket's return to Canterbury in Part I and the accounts of Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem in the New Testament. What do these parallels suggest about Becket's significance within the play?
2. How are the temptations faced by Becket in Part I echoed in the speeches of justification offered by the knights in Part II? What significance do these echoes possess?
3. The Catholic Encyclopedia offers additional insight into the three liturgical feast days that preceded Becket's death. It states that the dates of these festivals "have nothing to do with the chronological order of the event; the feast is kept within the octave [eight-day period] of Christmas because the Holy Innocents gave their life for the newborn Saviour. Stephen the first martyr (martyr by will, love, and blood), John, the Disciple of Love (martyr by will and love), and these first flowers of the Church (martyrs by blood alone) accompany the Holy Child Jesus entering this world on Christmas day"
4. When the Four Knights mock Becket before slaying him, they chant a sing-song like piece of doggerel which compares Becket to Daniel. Research the biblical character of Daniel. How does a greater understanding of Daniel lead to a greater understanding of Becket, as Eliot presents him?
5. How does the Chorus' final speech before Becket's death sum up and illuminate the themes of the play to that point?
And Then There Were None: Essay Q&A