UtopiaSir Thomas More Essay Research Paper Thomas

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Utopia-Sir Thomas More Essay, Research Paper Thomas More’s use of dialogue in “Utopia” is not only practical but masterly layed out as well. The text itself is divided into two parts. The first , called “Book One”, describes the English society of the fifteenth century with such perfection that it shows many complex sides of the interpretted structure with such clarity and form that the reader is given the freedom for interpretation as well. This flexibility clearly illustrates More’s request for discussion and point of view from this reader. In one concise, artistic paragraph, More clearly illustrates his proposition of the problems people possess within a capitalist society and the fault of the structure itself; clearly showing More’s point of view for “Book

One”. If More attempted to get anything across to the people of England it was this: Take a barren year of failed harvests, when many thousands of men have been carried off by hunger. If at the end of the famine the barns of the rich were searched. I dare say positively enough grain would be found in them to have saved the lives of all those who died from starvation and disease, if it had been divided equally among them. Nobody really need have suffered from a bad harvest at all. So easily might men get the necessities of life if that cursed money, which is supposed to provide access to them, were not in fact the chief barrier to our getting what we need to live. Even the rich, I’m sure, understand this. They must know that it’s better to have enough of what we really need

than an abundance of superfluities, much better to escape from our many present troubles than to be burdened with great masses of wealth. And in fact I have no doubt that every man’s perception of where his true interest lies, along with with the authority of Christ our Saviour….. would long ago have brought the whole world to adopt Utopian laws, if it were not for one single monster, the prime plague and begetter of all others—I mean pride. (More, pg.83) For one to fully realize the significance of this virtueous paragraph they first must remember the time period it was written; more so now that we are in the twentieth century dominated by capitalism. Before More accounts for his rhetorical, socialist society of “Book Two” in detail, he strengthens his idea of

communism by pre-establishing the problems of England in “Book One”. This measurement makes one see the strengths and weaknesses between the two; as well as, their similarities. It is difficult to title Utopia as a socialist, communist society, in as much, it is just as valid to argue that Utopia is as opressive as the England described in “Book One”. If Utopia is a truely socialist state, then one can see that opression is unescapable in either society. Either way, it just shows the absurdity to claim either of these as an utopian commonwealth. However, it is clear that More’s attempt was to make Utopia an egalitarian society for the better of the people as whole. His description of the institutions Utopia is so prescise and well formatted that it is difficult to see

any flaws other than the ones that were out of his control. More, just as anyone, was a slave of the society he lived in. No matter how hard More tried to escape it, his morals and values were still derived from the society he lived in. This is why one must look at Utopia as a society designed only to better the people of the capitalist England. It is absurd to look at Utopia as a perfect state, in as much, the knowledge which was true to More would interfear with many areas within the society of Utopia; More’s faith, his ignorance of the evolving future, and the societies outside of Utopia described in “Book Two” would make the society of Utopia a paradox. The strength of it all, is that More amazingly knew his socialist state was not perfect; even for the society of