"Utopia" by Sir Thomas More

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Utopia" was written by Thomas More in 1516, when on the eve of the Reformation social conflicts were accumulating. This work became very successful and initiated a literary tradition called the utopian novel, which attempts to depict a perfect human society…

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"Utopia" by Sir Thomas More

First of all, I feel that my personal opinion about the appropriateness of Utopian lifestyle are to a large degree colored by the basic characteristics of our modern society, and above all by its individualistic values.

Nowadays it is not argued that More thought of Utopia as of a completely ideal society, but rather constructed pragmatic Utopia as a criticism of the contemporary Europe. Under this view, we may view the book as an attempt to contrast the real and the ideal, which may help us better understand inborn drawbacks of humankind. In this light, people of Utopia are endowed with unique qualities which modern societies often lack - nobleness and deep philosophical insight, like for example is the case with their scorn of the artificially increased value of gold and silver and their respect of the true value of simple gifts of nature like water, earth, and sun.

But all these specific motives behind the book creation should not distract us from its main message, namely that of offering to readers of a picture of a society based on such laws that promote justice and happiness. More offers so many details about the society of Utopia that we can vividly imagine the life of its inhabitants. Thus, readers can hardly avoid comparisons and analogies between the book and our society, and in many cases try to place themselves in the Utopian environment. I did the same thing, and tried to imagine whether I would like to live in the land of Utopia. Let me share my thoughts on this matter. ...
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