Rhetorical Analysis Of Utopia By Thomas More

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In his book Utopia, Thomas More utilizes several different rhetorical devices to not only describe Utopia as a place, but also to compare the commonwealth of Utopia to the current state of Europe at the time. One literary device used throughout the novel is tone. While there are several other literary devices that contribute to the reading of Utopia, tone is one of the most useful in determining the views of More as an author. In Utopia, more usually sustains a satirical tone, sometimes accompanied by irony, comedy, and ambiguity. These elements help to convey to the readers what More’s truly intended message is. More utilizes the device of tone in Utopia in order to showcase the fundamental differences between Utopian and European society during that time.
A prominent tone used by More throughout the story is irony. More uses an ironic tone through various characters, allowing readers to further discern the differences between Utopia and Europe. To do this, More utilizes characterization as a tool in portraying irony. In Book I the readers are introduced to various characters, two of them being Raphael Hythloday and Thomas More himself. While More uses the narrator More as the skeptical voice, he uses Hythloday to be the main advocate of Utopia. Although the character is named after himself, ironically More’s true thoughts lie within Hythloday’s criticism of current European society. This sets the tone for more irony and satire to come. For example, during the discussion
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