Thomas More's Utopia

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Thomas More's Utopia by Mind Map: Thomas More's Utopia

1. Overview of Utopia

1.1. Thomas More's Utopia is a Christian humanist view of an ideal society.

1.2. More does not simply offer a theoretical view, but provides specifics for how to create this world.

1.3. Utopia offers a Christianized form of Plato's Republic.

2. Utopia- The last great Christian synthesis of the Renaissance

2.1. The Christian aspect of the synthesis is Christ's gospel of caring for the poor, the oppressed and downtrodden.

2.2. The Platonic, Republican tradition is the Greek aspect of the synthesis.

2.3. More wrote Utopia with a comedic tone, allowing him to speak his truth while telling a deeper story.

3. How does Utopia use humor and parody? Why was this important to keeping More out of trouble with the Church and King?

3.1. Utopia means no where - The title is a joke.

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4. How is property divided in Utopia? How does this affect society?

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5. What is working life like in Utopia?

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6. Why does Utopia use slavery?

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7. What is the government like in Utopia?

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8. How is Utopia a social critique of Great Britain?

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9. How do people in Utopia find happiness?

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