Analysis of Thomas More's Utopia Essay

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What is it about Thomas More's Utopia that makes it as accessible and relevant to a 21st century westernized Catholic teenage boy as it did to an 18th century middle aged Jewish women? Utopia, a text written 500 odd years ago in differing country and language, is still a valid link to a contemporary understanding of society, human nature and morals. Through More's Utopia, it becomes evident that the trans-historical and trans-cultural nature of the text emerges through More's conscious and subconscious inclusion of universal human truths, in particular those of happiness, money and values, which allows the reader a higher quality of textual engagement and insight. Whilst More may be intending to simply tell the story of a traveller's…show more content…
This interpretation continued instinctively throughout the text to its conclusion and, with the newly acquired knowledge of More's personal characteristics, was only transformed until I was presented with the moral working of both characters during my re-reading. More, as a character, was portrayed as cold, critical and clinical in his manner whilst Raphael was depicted as a man of high moral value and of independent opinion. With friend and theorist Erasmus describing him as "Born and framed for friendship, one is less led by the opinions of the crowd, yet no one departs less from common sense". With this description, as well as numerous others, an understanding of More comes through quite strongly, as a man of independence; a man of morality and a man "so free from vice" (Erasmus). With this awareness of More, the human author, and the personal attributes likened to him and the near identical traits clearly emerging through the character Raphael; I, the reader, make the conscious agreement that More, the author, is transparent through Raphael. Due to the highly controversial opinions that More was making in the text: * "...As long as there is property and money, no nation will be ruled justly, or be happy." * "There are dreadful punishments enacted against thieves" (Raphael against laws of the time) and the pressures of society at the time to be of the same mind to the
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