Utopia by Thomas More Essay

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Utopia as a text is a clear reflection and representation of More’s passion for ideas and art. Through the character of Raphael, More projects and presents his ideas, concepts and beliefs of politics and society. More’s Utopia aims to create a statement on the operations and effectiveness of the society of England. This text is a general reflection of More’s idea of a perfectly balanced and harmonious society. His ideas and concepts of society somewhat contrast to the rest of 16th century England and indicate a mind that was far ahead of its time. A number of issues and themes are raised throughout the text to which More provides varying views and opinions. These are transmitted and projected through the perspectives of the fictional …show more content…
The notion that someone is always watching you suggests an almost repressive or tyrannical kind of rule. It appears that the people of Utopia have little or no time for themselves as any free time must be a positive contribution to society. These people are always working towards the city and society and must feels that they are never able to work towards their own pleasure and happiness. Their lives are so meticulously structured and controlled with overwhelming rules and regulations and set routines and times. Expression of individuality is suppressed as the freedoms and rights of these people are stifled and controlled in order to maintain a ‘perfect world.’ It is hard to believe that the people of Utopia are content in all wearing the exact same clothing, merely replacing their single outfit every 2 years. Is there simply no such thing as dirty clothes in this perfect society? Likewise these people aren’t allowed to acquire possessions that are different or unique to any others. It is through these mediums of clothing and possessions that humans are able to express themselves and their individuality. It is human nature to want to feel special or unique and this instinct is blatantly denied in the name of a common good for people as a whole. While the concept and intention of More’s Utopia is righteous and good it is unlikely that the members of its society will be content in their smothered lives.

In Book 1 of Utopia More