Thomas More-Utopia

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Thomas More-Utopia by Mind Map: Thomas More-Utopia

1. Overview

1.1. Thomas Mores 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 platos republic

2. Christian synthesis

2.1. the christian aspect of the synthesise is christs gospel of of caring for the poor,the oppressed and the downtrodded

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. Humor And Parody

3.1. utopia means no where

3.2. the community political system is called sty

4. Property Division

4.1. There is no private ownership on Utopia, with goods being stored in warehouses and people requesting what they need. There are also no locks on the doors of the houses, which are rotated between the citizens every ten years.

5. What is working life in utopia?

5.1. Agriculture is the most important job on the island. Every person is taught it and must live in the countryside, farming, for two years at a time, with women doing the same work as men. Parallel to this, every citizen must learn at least one of the other essential trades: weaving (mainly done by the women), carpentry, metalsmithing and masonry.

6. Why does utopia use slavery?

6.1. Slavery is a feature of Utopian life and it is reported that every household has two slaves. The slaves are either from other countries or are the Utopian criminals. These criminals are weighed down with chains made out of gold. The gold is part of the community wealth of the country, and fettering criminals with it or using it for shameful things like chamber pots gives the citizens a healthy dislike of it. It also makes it difficult to steal as it is in plain view. 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. Slaves are periodically released for good behaviour.

7. what is the government like in utopia?

7.1. welfare state with free hospitals

8. how is utopia a social critique of great britain?

8.1. New node

9. How does people in utopia find happiness?

9.1. ethic of jesus