Analysis Of Thomas More 's Utopia

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In today’s 21st century world dystopian fiction has made a massive resurgence in popular culture and continues to evolve even today. The piece of literature that serves as the source and namesake of this genre is Thomas More’s Utopia (1516) “which describes a fabricated country named Utopus after its conqueror. King Utopus reshapes a savage land into an ideal society through planning and reason fulfilling the ideal of the philosopher-king.” Utopia is derived from the Greek words ou and topos meaning “no place” directly stating that the land is impossible to arise, but it is proved feasible by way of social engineering. A dystopia, dis topos, "bad place" is a way to scare the audience; it being false offers meager relief, because in the audience’s mind it is possible. In Utopia class distinctions have been eliminated, but at the same time there is a loss of individual liberties and ingenuity. Usually set in the future, dystopian works customarily show the apprehensions and worries that the author experiences in contemporary culture. Over time fear diminishes and with this dystopias created because of it begin to not frighten readers. The opposite is also true, in instances where society has caught up with ideals that were completely imaginary. Aldous Huxley 's Brave New World is more profound today than its publishing date in 1932, since the purely contrived use of salable drugs, genetic exploration, and social media have all evolved into a quintessential part of today’s…
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