Sir Thomas More's Utopia Chapter 1

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Sir Thomas More, in his book, “Utopia”, dives into the thought of a perfect world. More contrast the fallacies in which his society lives on to those of a functional society described by Raphael Hythloday, an explorer and philosopher. Divided into two parts, I will be discussing a major issue asserted in Book I: the just and unjust treatment of “thieves”, and how we can change our treatment of inmates in today’s world in a way that brings more good than harm by making inmates do communal work instead of having them uselessly locked up in a cell. The beginning of book I is a reflective and indulging conversation between More, Peter Gile, a close friend of More, and Raphael Hythloday. Throughout their conversation, Hythloday illustrates his…show more content…
He mentions how kings make their servants useless by making them do effortless and impractical tasks, so when they are too old to continue their service they go broke, hopeless, and hungry. This leads them to theft. Hythloday mentions, “[Noblemen and kings] carry about them a great number of idle fellows, who never learned any art by which they may gain their living”, which causes them to steal when they have nothing to eat (CITE7). Furthermore, he describes how noblemen take away farm land from the settlers and then inflate the prices of food, “and what can those who are dismissed by them do, but either beg or rob?” (CITE10). More here is trying to say that bad governing creates these thieves that later go on to be hanged unfairly due to the cause of kings and noblemen doings, “what else can be concluded from this, but that [kings and noblemen] first make thieves and then punish them? (CITE11). This concept is rather interesting because it makes us think that maybe the greed of our leaders, as well as ours, create these thieves and criminals in the first place. For instance, war, in which Hythloday also concludes that war is never good to either side, creates these criminals, and we can see it in today’s world too. The invasion of nations creates tension and aggressiveness, which creates enemies, or terrorists as we might call them, but in reality, we were the ones that created them in the first

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