Utopia By John Steinbeck And Utopia

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Thomas More, born of a wealthy family in the 16th century, was not only a political figure but also a humanist and a scholar. He studied at Oxford before training to become a lawyer and eventually becoming part of the kings’ council. He is most notorious though not for his work at the court but rather for his writing, more specifically his description of a fictional, highly romanticized society named Utopia. In Utopia, More explored not only a different, but also idealized, vision of society in which households are more stable, people have equal standards of living and opportunities, and men and women are on more equal footings than in the English counterpart of More’s time. By comparing those features of Utopia with the reality of English society in the 16th century, it is obvious that More wrote more than a fantasy piece, but rather set out to imagine a society without the flaws he could identify within his. From the organisation of the household, the political system, the homogeneity of its citizen and the relationship between men and women, More’s Utopia presents an interesting critique of the English society at the time. More’s Utopia presents an extremely different vision of society than the 16th century England from which he came from. The Utopian system is centered on the household and the community. Every household, lead by the eldest male, is comprised of between ten and sixteen adults and all the children. Women would marry into their husbands’ families
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