Analysis Of Thomas More's Utopia

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Utopia was written by one of the greatest minds of his time, Thomas More. Written in 1516, however its commentary on politics is still very valid and there are many truths about human nature that still apply to modern world. The idea behind the book is “a wish for humans to work together, so that all might prosper.” Thomas More provides a vision of a virtuous society in Utopia. While the society that he illustrates is not necessarily completely ideal or flawless, the society stands as an opposite of his native England as it exists in 1516, the year of Utopia’s publication. One of the most interesting aspects of Utopia is the abolition of private property. This runs counter to the ideas found in the writing of John Locke, who spends a great…show more content…
Raphael is a well-travelled and smart man who shares his experiences in other (fictional) countries, and he criticizes the English policies about dealing with his criticisms of English policies regarding the dealing with thievery. Meeting of More and Hythoday takes place in Antwerp. Hythloday tells More everything about the Utopia island and gives information about how it functions, while More writes it down to publish. “Utopia” is a word that stems from Greek and means “nowhere”. It also means, “land of nowhere, but land of might be”. Utopia, the small island in the book, is described as 200 miles across and divided into different government units and each of them has its own city, surrounding the capital city of Amaurote. Every one of thirty families "has one head ruler, who is called a philarch, being as it were a head bailiff" (Utopia, p.73). These 200 philarchs choose a prince to rule them. Families are in close ties with each other and the elderly people are particularly respected. Nobody owns a home, since they often moves out. Each person in the society, regardless of being male or female, specializes on a certain skill. They either become specialist of some kind or continue to be a learner to improve themselves. Those life-long learners give free public lectures for people. Every citizen is obliged to spend two or more years in farms before they return to the city and learn the skill of agriculture to teach farming to other people. People wear plain clothes and nobody needs money. Everything they need such as food are stored in warehouses. He heads of the houses (men) get what the family needs in those warehouses. Nobody takes nothing more than their need. Women cannot get married before the age of 18 and men before the age of 22. Women in Utopia learn trade and work a full day, just like men, and participate equally in farming. Wives are allowed to fight
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