Comparing Plato's Republic, More's Utopia, and Gurney's Dinotopia
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Plato's Republic, More's Utopia, and Gurney's Dinotopia
Throughout history, mankind has struggled to lead better lives and improve their society for future generations. What do we continuously attempt to improve? What kind of changes are we trying to institute? In other words, what is an ideal society? Many people have very diversified views about a perfect civilization. In Plato's Republic, Sir Thomas More's Utopia, and James Gurney's Dinotopia, three imaginary societies are described, each with its own peculiarities and highlights. Various aspects of the nations described in these three novels, including their respective economies, governments, and social structures, will be compared and contrasted.
A crucial aspect…show more content… It also applies the use of funds within the country, similar to many other nations in the world today.
Now, we will proceed to the most important part of any human institution - the government. In Utopia, the political hierarchy is based on the household: every city has 6000 households, each containing ten to sixteen adults. For every thirty households, one Styward, or District Counselor, is elected. One Bencheater, or Senior District Counselor, is elected for every ten Stywards. Every town has one mayor, who is elected by secret ballot by the Stywards. Every three days the Bencheaters have a meeting with the mayor to discuss public affairs and, rarely, to settle disputes. There are rules concerning the debate of propositions. For example, "no resolution can be debated on the day that it's first proposed... Otherwise someone's liable to say the first thing that comes into his head, and then start thinking up arguments to justify what he has said, instead of trying to decide what's best for the community" (More 74).
The Dinotopian government resembles The Republic in that there is one main leader. The mayor of Waterfall City, which is a hereditary position, wields supreme authority over the entire island. In addition, a senate acts to pass laws and settle disputes, similar to the Stywards and Bencheaters in Utopia.