A Thomas More Utopia Analysis

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People have dreamt of the perfect place, a place which is free of war, conflict, unhappiness and hunger. An ideal place with political perfection and flawless society. Such a world is called – utopia. As it is stated in Cambridge University press’s provided “A Thomas More Source book” the word “utopia” was first coined in 1516 by Sir Thomas More. He created the word from the Greek ou-topos which means “no place” or “nowhere”. The world was similar to the Greek eu-topos meaning a good place. (Wegemer, Smith, 2004: 12) The first “utopia”, or rather the first concept of it, appeared in Plato’s work “Republic” where all the citizens lived in an ideal society with equal and pleasant conditions for everyone. Even though reading the work, some may…show more content…
The details describing the journey from France to Utopia are rather similar to the description of Hythloday’s travels in More’s “Utopia” [online 1] Other pieces and similarities of “Utopia” can be found also in Montagne’s essays, for example “Of Cannibals” (1580) where he describes the life of a primitive South American Indian tribe. In this essay he repeatedly contrasts the primitive Indians with “civilized” Europeans. Stating man’s humanity is more important than rational behavior. This work is a contribution to utopian literature and fictional traveling literature. Other early fictional utopias include various exotic communities in Jonathan Swift's famous Gulliver's Travels (1726) and Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe (1719). As stated by Marcus Waithe, in the early 17th century appeared several “ambitious accounts of utopian societies”. The most known and successful being the most successful being: The City of the Sun (1632) by Tommaso Campanella, Christianopolis (1619), by Johann V. Andreae, and The New Atlantis (1624) by Sir Francis Bacon. [online
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