by Ara Lee
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Thomas More's Utopia is a
Christian-humanist view of an ideal
More does not simply offer a theoretical view,
but provides specifics for how to create this
Utopia offers a Christianized
form of Plato's Republic.
The Christian aspect of the
synthesis is Christ's gospel of
caring for the poor, the
oppressed and the downtrodden.
The Platonic, Republican tradition
is the Greek aspect of the
More wrote Utopia with a comedic
tone, allowing him to speak his
truth while telling a deeper story.
The local political
system is called a
The island contains 54 towns,
each with about 6000
There is no private ownership
There are also no locks on the
doors of the houses, which are
rotated between the citizens
every ten years.
Agriculture are the most
important job on the island.
Everyone learns farming,
working two years at a
time, with women doing
the same work as men.
Every citizen must learn at least one of the
other essential trades: weaving (mainly done by
the women), carpentry, metalsmithing and
Every household has two slaves, who are
wither from other countries or are Utopian
These criminals wear gold chains, which is
part of the community wealth of the
country, and using it for shameful things
gives the citizens a healthy dislike of it.
The wealth, though, is of little importance
and is only good for buying commodities
from foreign nations or bribing these
nations to fight each other.
There are no lawyers and the law
is made deliberately simple, as
all should understand it and not
leave people in any doubt of
what is right and wrong.
All are military-trained.
Women are mostly treated
equally, allowed to do the same
work as men and educated in the
same way as men are.
The people do not believe in an
afterlife, therefore they will break
laws for their own gain.
There is freedom of religion, as
well as the option of divorce.
Social Critique of Great
Concept of religious toleration
conflicts with information on
Lord Chancellor, who the
Protestants would later kill.
More is critiquing Great Britain's society of not
being perfect by creating a Utopia, which
obviously differed from Britain's society.
Equal power as well as no kings critique Great
Britain of not having equal power with the
superiority of royalty.