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The Basis of Utopia - The Basis of Utopia An impractical scheme for social improvement. This is the third definition of the word utopia in the Mirriam-Webster dictionary. Anatole France says it best with this quote regarding utopian societies, „Without the Utopias of other times, men would still live in caves, miserable and naked. It was Utopians that traced the lines of the first city· Out of generous dreams come beneficial realities. Utopia is the principle of all progress, and the essay into a better future.„ The world has been constantly changing over time, new ideas pave paths that lead to better living....   [tags: Utopia Utopias Essays]
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Utopia, by Thomas More: Your Wost Nightmare - Utopia is a brilliant novel written by Thomas More. The idea of a utopia seems impossible, how can anyone live in a perfect place when perfection is in the eyes of the beholder. The Utopia in this novel is nothing more than abundant of already established ideas therefore it can’t not truly be a Utopia. The abolition of private property is one of More's chief criticisms of Utopia; it seems to mimic the common understandings of communism, which Thomas More’s character Raphael has been accused of protecting not only by me, so this not a new concept....   [tags: Utopia, Thomas More]
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Visions of Utopia -      Humans have grasped at the concept of "Utopia" for millennia. In his editorial for the September 1983 issue of Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, editor Isaac Asimov provided a concise history of utopian literature. According to Asimov, the history of utopian literature began with religious tales of past golden ages or future paradises. (Asimov gives the examples of the Genesis story of creation and expulsion from the Garden of Eden as an example of the first and the eleventh chapter of Isaiah, which contains the famous line "the lion shall lay down with the calf," as an example of the second.) Utopian literature was first presented in a more scientifically designed (as opposed...   [tags: Utopia Essays]
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The Imperfection Of Thomas More's Utopia - A man named Speaker of Nonsense will clearly be disadvantaged in any debate. What kind of information or argument can be expected of such an individual. Can he explain a rational idea or form a logical conclusion. Is the authority of his discourse trustworthy. Or is he just a man with name and nature in perfect harmony. These are all questions that Thomas More leaves us asking of Raphael Hythloday, the garrulous sailor-philosopher who describes and extols the society of Utopia. From his memories of a five-year stay on the island, Raphael conjures up a thorough depiction of the sociopolitical practices of the Utopian way of life, which he proclaims "the happiest basis for a civilized communit...   [tags: More Utopia] 1422 words
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The Story of Evolution as a Utopia and the Evolution of the Story of Utopia - The Story of Evolution as a Utopia and the Evolution of the Story of Utopia In my first semester I had the college seminar that focused on the idea of Utopia in fiction, politics, and philosophy. Our discussions and readings went through a process of evolution that begin as rather simplistic and then followed a steady path to much more involved. Honestly, a reason that I chose the class was because I had done many of the readings before, but once the work began I realized that myself, and all the others in the class, would be looking at works, such as Candide and 1984, in an entirely different fashion....   [tags: Theory of Evolution Utopia Essays]
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The Rights of the Individual and Women Lost in Thomas More’s Utopia - A person’s image of utopia varies depending on their individual life experiences and the expectations of the society in which they live; utopia could be described as an ideal place where equality, comfort, safety, compassion, and freedom are important qualities. In Sir Thomas More’s Utopia, the elimination of property and money has all citizens working for the commonwealth and it is “where every man has a right to everything, they all know that if care is taken to keep the public stores full, no private man can want anything; for among them there is no unequal distribution so that no man is poor, none in necessity; and though no man has anything, yet they are all rich” (More 81)....   [tags: Thomas More, Utopia]
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Sir Thomas More’s Utopia: An Alternative to European Life - Presented as a conversation between friends, Sir Thomas More’s Utopia offers an alternative to European life that is hopelessly unobtainable, but undeniably superior. Utopia is absolutely fiction, and yet it is written in a style that makes its content remarkably believable. More’s conversational attitude towards a serious and scholarly piece of thought makes his thesis at once obscure and obvious. He spends a majority of the narrative describing small, unconnected details of the lives of the Utopians, ignoring the lengthy scholastic explanations which are to be expected of a man of his education, and yet through the detail he reveals an expansive and original hypothesis....   [tags: Sir Thomas More, Utopia]
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Socialism and Thomas More's Utopia - Socialism and Thomas More's Utopia        Socialist ideals have recurred throughout the history of literature; from Plato to Marx the elusive goal of a perfect state has occupied some of the best minds in political thought manifesting itself in literature. In the midst of this historic tradition is the Utopia of More, a work which links the utopias of the ancient with the utopias of the modern. Hythloday's fantasy island draws heavily on the Greek Republic and yet it influenced the revolutionary world of Marx....   [tags: More Utopia Essays]
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Utopia - The Impossibility of Perfection - Utopia - The Impossibility of Perfection "The latter end of [this] commonwealth forgets the beginning." ?William Shakespeare, The Tempest From Plato's The Republic to Karl Marx's Communist Manifesto, the search for a perfect social state has never stopped; its ultimate goal of achieving a human society that exists in absolute harmony with all due social justice, however, has proved to be woefully elusive. The pure concept of a utopia can be theoretically visualized as a perfect geometric circle: one that is seamless, all-inclusive, yet impossible to draw out in reality....   [tags: Utopia Essays Utopian Perfect Essays]
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Analysis of Thomas More's Utopia - Analysis of Thomas More's Utopia The historical Thomas More, the author of Utopia, was an extraordinarily complicated man who tied up all the threads of his life in his heroic death. The Utopia is the sort of complicated book that we should expect from so complicated a man. It is heavy with irony, but then irony was the experience of life in the Sixteenth Century. Everywhere--in church, government, society, and even scholarship--profession and practice stood separated by an abyss. The great difficulty of irony is that we cannot always be sure when the ironic writer or speaker is being serious and when he is being comical....   [tags: Thomas More Utopia Literature Essays] 5938 words
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A Deconstruction Reading of Thomas More's Utopia - A Deconstruction Reading of Thomas More's Utopia Thomas More's Utopia is the bastard child of European conventions and humanist ideals. Inspired by More's belief in the elevation of human manners, education, and morals, the text also concedes to the omnipresent traditions of European society. While More accepts parentage of the text, he distances himself from its radical notions and thinly veiled condemnation of Europe's establishment. Through the use of a benign narrator, Raphael Hythloday, and the assumption of a royalist persona by a character of his own name, More discloses the tale of the island of Utopia and its communist society....   [tags: Thomas More Utopia Essays]
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The Political Structure of More’s Utopia - Over the past few centuries the word "utopia" has developed a variety of meanings: a perfect state, paradise, heaven on earth, but the original definition of the word means something quite different. "Utopia", coined by Saint Thomas More in his famous work Utopia, written during the English Renaissance, literally means "nowhere". It is ironic that a word meaning nowhere has become a catchall phrase for paradise. More’s work is popular because of its wit, its use of metaphor, and its proposals for the perfect state....   [tags: Thomas More Utopia] 2630 words
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Thomas More's Utopia as a Social Model - Thomas More's Utopia as a Social Model    In his famous work Utopia, Sir Thomas More describes the society and culture of an imaginary island on which all social ills have been cured. As in Plato's Republic, a work from which More drew while writing Utopia, More's work presents his ideas through a dialogue between two characters, Raphael Hythloday and More himself. Hythloday is a fictional character who describes his recent voyage to the paradisal island of Utopia. Throughout the work, Hythloday describes the laws, customs, system of government, and way of life that exist in Utopia to an incredulous and somewhat condescending More....   [tags: Thomas More Utopia]
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Utopia by Thomas More and The Prince by Machiavelli - Utopia by Thomas More and The Prince by Machiavelli Thomas More’s Utopia and Machiavelli’s The Prince both concern themselves with the fundamental issues of how a society works and maintains itself. The goals behind the two works, however, differ considerably. The goal of Utopia is to illustrate the maintenance of an “ideal” society and the goal of The Prince is to instruct a prince, or ruler, on how to maintain his state. On the surface these two goals may seem similar but the difference lies in the way the authors handle the subject of power....   [tags: More Utopia Prince Machiavelli Essays] 816 words
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The Virtue and Vice of Reason in More's Utopia - The Virtue and Vice of Reason in More's Utopia  When reason permeates society, it does not necessarily imply greater happiness. When brought to the point of rationalization, or when there are errors in the analysis used in reasoning, reason tends to have adverse effects. On the other hand, when analysis is well thought out, and the correct conclusions are drawn, reason can have an overwhelmingly positive effect on a society. Many may think that Sir Thomas More's Utopia infers that reason must be the foundation, and even the preoccupation, of any perfect society....   [tags: Thomas More Utopia Essays Papers]
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Book Report on A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells - Book Report on A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells H. G. Wells’ book, A Modern Utopia was published in 1905. This book seems to be unique for two reasons. As Wells tells us, it is told from the point of view of "a whitish plump man" that he calls the "Voice" (1). This allows the book to be what Wells calls, "a sort of shot-silk texture between philosophical discussion on the one hand and imaginative narrative on the other" because the Utopia that we visit in the story is the one inside the mind of the "Voice" or the narrator (ix)....   [tags: Modern Utopia Wells Essays]
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Thomas More’s Utopia and Aldus Huxley’s Brave New World - Thomas More’s Utopia and Aldus Huxley’s Brave New World , are novels about societies that differ from our own. Though the two authors have chosen different approaches to create an alternate society, both books have similarities which represent the visions of men who were moved to great indignation by the societies in which they lived. Both novels have transcended contemporary problems in society , they both have a structured, work based civilization and both have separated themselves from the ways of past society....   [tags: Utopia Essays] 2373 words
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Frankenstein Visits Utopia - Introduction “I HAD DESIRED IT WITH AN ARDOR THAT FAR EXCEEDED MODERATION; BUT NOW THAT I HAD FINISHED, THE BEAUTY OF THE DREAM VANISHED, AND BREATHLESS HORROR AND DISGUST FILLED MY HEART.” This statement by Mary Shelley, from the story Frankenstein, reflects the passions of men to pursue dreams, despite the often imminent consequences of their actions. In Thomas More’s Utopia, the reader experiences a similar tension for an uncertain place called Utopia. This place is described by a visitor to this land, named Raphael, as having a perfect society....   [tags: Shelley More Utopia Frankenstein Essays]
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Walden's Utopia - Walden's Utopia In a post-World War Two era, there was much longing for improvement on current society. Burrhus F. Skinner decided to give his take on what he felt were the appropriate steps to take in order to make a true "Utopia." There have been attempts at other utopia's (which is from the Greek for "no place") and Skinner in his book took the best elements of each utopia and put them into one. However, this does not mean that this utopia he creates in his story, called Walden Two, emulating Thoreau's Walden Pond in Maine, is not without flaws....   [tags: Walden Philosophy No Place Utopia] 1695 words
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Disney's Utopia - To create a perfect society. That was the dream that Walt Disney had in the 1960’s when he dreamt up the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow (1). Today, this is better known as Disney’s theme park, EPCOT. In 1995, however, the Disney people established their own town, making another of Walt’s dreams come true. Simply named Celebration, it is located in central Florida. In order to live in the utopian community, there are strict guidelines that each and every citizen must follow, known in the legal world as a “covenant”....   [tags: Disney Utopia Society] 1645 words
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Human Nature in The Prince by Machiavelli and Utopia by Thomas More - Human Nature in The Prince by Machiavelli and Utopia by Thomas More It is difficult to determine Niccolo Machiavelli?s and Thomas More?s view on human?s nature. Each took a different approach to the topic. Through Utopia, Thomas More attempted to change man?s thinking by creating an ideological society. Niccolo Machiavelli, through The Prince, attempted to teach man how to deal with human nature. With this in mind, Machiavelli?s concept is much more realistic than More?s; therefore Machiavelli better represents human nature....   [tags: Papers More Machiavelli Prince Utopia Essays]
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Thomas More's Utopia - Thomas More’s Utopia is a work of ambiguous dualities that forces the reader to question More’s real view on the concept of a utopian society. However, evidence throughout the novel suggests that More did intend Utopia to be the “best state of the commonwealth.” The detailed description of Utopia acts as Mores mode of expressing his humanistic views, commenting on the fundamentals of human nature and the importance of reason and natural law, while gracefully combining the two seemingly conflicting ideals of communism and liberalism....   [tags: Philosophy, Utopian Society]
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Thomas More's Utopia - Thomas More’s Utopia is a work of ambiguous dualities that forces the reader to question More’s real view on the concept of a utopian society. However, evidence throughout the novel suggests that More did intend Utopia to be the “best state of the commonwealth.” The detailed description of Utopia acts as Mores mode of expressing his humanistic views, commenting on the fundamentals of human nature and the importance of reason and natural law while gracefully combining the two seemingly conflicting ideals of communism and liberalism....   [tags: Book Analysis, Humanism, Utopian Society] 1109 words
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Utopia No More - From the American Revolution to independence movements in Latin America, the forming a commonwealth free of vice, tyranny, and inequality has always been one of man’s greatest intentions. In this commonwealth, everyone’s needs are met, society is free of all hierarchies, and everyone works for the common good. However, history has proved that this commonwealth can never truly exist. On a rudimentary level, it is impossible for any large group to properly function without someone or a group of people creating and enforcing the necessary laws and customs....   [tags: commonwealth, equal, hierarchy] 1142 words
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Utopia, Dystopia or Anti-Utopia? by Choloe Houston - In the book Utopia the country of Utopia is a true commonwealth where there is no private property or financial classes. Utopia is a fictional country with a society in which everything is shared equally and there is no want. In Utopia, “Among [the Utopians] virtue has its reward, yet everything is shared equally, and all men live in plenty” (More 1.38).By creating a place that has no money or private property More undermines the institutions of Tudor England by getting at the problem of social injustices having to do with private property (Brayton).Stevenson says, “With radical simplicity the Utopians avoid the ills of Europe: all private property is abolished....   [tags: financial class, taxation, the party]
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Utopia and Dystopia in The Future City - Throughout history man has always felt the need to envision and design ‘the future city’, whether it being one inspired by the concept of Utopia, ruled by technology or one that would go beyond the terrestrial limit of the earth. For a long time in western architecture there has been a fixed connection between utopia and architecture, in particular within the idealization of a ‘The Future City’. Its tradition to consider the Platonic discourse which treats of the idyllic city (the republic) as the first Utopia in this cultural thread....   [tags: futurism, futurology, Thomas More]
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Utopia by Thomas Moore in Review - In Utopia Land is bountiful, foes are afar, and the economy is always seemly predictable. This fairy tale of a political philosophy and economic theory is sought after by the idealist and seen as a naive attempt the better society by the realist. This work requires an imagination, an ability to suspend disbelief for interpretation and application. More wrote this work as satire, upset with the current political conditions of Europe and and reviewing these ideals just as so; however, with more realistic applications with the time of conception and tomorrow on distant planets....   [tags: political philosphy] 2425 words
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Utopia - Utopia In the year 1515, a book in Latin text was published which became the most significant and controversial text ever written in the field of political science. Entitled, ‘DE OPTIMO REIPUBLICATE STATU DEQUE NOVA INSULA UTOPIA, clarissimi disertissimique viri THOMAE MORI inclutae civitatis Londinensis civis et Vicecomitis’, translated into English would read, ‘ON THE BEST STATE OF A COMMONWEALTH AND ON THE NEW ISLAND OF UTOPIA, by the Most Distinguished and Eloquent Author THOMAS MORE Citizen and Undersheriff of the Famous City of London.’....   [tags: Utopic Society Social Issues Essays]
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My Suggestions to Achieve Utopia - Rough Draft (21st Century Utopia) “History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived….” (Angelou Maya)History has taught us many lessons for the future. Yet, we have failed to learn from the lessons. For an example, today’s present economy is not very prosperous. We can recall the Great Depression during the 1930’s exiting from WWII. The US stock market crashed and launched an economy crisis worldwide. In 2007, we faced another worldwide economy crisis with the recession. The recession occurred due to housing prices completely dropping and inflation increasing dramatically....   [tags: personal reflections and opinions] 1151 words
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Utopia by Thomas Moore: Analysis - Utopia by Thomas Moore: Analysis The oxford dictionary describes as “an imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect. Sir Thomas More first used this word; he was born in 1478 in London, England and came to be one of the most influential figures of the early Renaissance. Not only did he work as a lawyer but he was also a well respected philosopher and historian as well as writer. In 1516, Moore wrote Utopia, a book based off of fiction and political philosophy. Utopia has been with us since the beginning of time – all religions for example has an idea of a perfect place; the Garden of Eden and paradise are examples within the Catholic religion....   [tags: renaissance, catholic church, greek]
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Anarchy, State and Utopia by Nozick - In his book “Anarchy, State and Utopia”, Nozick asserts that all humans have certain fundamental rights, such as life, health, liberty, and property. And these rights cannot be taken away from the citizens. The state, he claims, as no moral authority over someone's property which has been justly acquired. He claims that if a person has justly claimed his property than the state does not have any jurisdiction to take that away from him. The problem with all distributive principles of justice, he believes, is that they violate some of the basic human rights and are therefore inherently unjust....   [tags: rawls, liberty and power] 1235 words
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An Inside Look at Hitler's Utopia - Utopia: an imaginary place in which the government, laws, and social conditions are perfect. In other words, utopian societies are impossible to achieve; however, Hitler did not believe this. During the Nazi Regime, in Hitler’s attempt to create a utopian society, catastrophic events occurred. Nazi ideology was the key factor in the creation of Hitler’s utopian society. Many of the concepts from Nazi ideology stemmed from Hitler’s novel, Mein Kampf (My Struggle), which was a novel written by Hitler while he was in prison....   [tags: nazi ideology]
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Reform in Thomas More's Utopia - In Thomas More’s Utopia, Raphael Hythloday proposes reform to capital punishment such that capital punishment is for murder but not theft. The author critiques the proposal through the use of other characters symbolic of distinct perspectives to debate against his reform. Thomas More’s Utopia presents a reform through Raphael Hythloday, theft will not be given the death penalty, to the English judicial system. Hythloday mentions his proposal to a lawyer, the character More, Peter Giles, and Cardinal Morton....   [tags: Raphael Hythloday, capital punishment]
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Architectural Utopia or Dystopia? - In 1516 Thomas More published Utopia, thereby kindling for the Renaissance as well as four our own times a literary ritual designating an idyllic future society and by outcome evaluating the society already in existence. Throughout history, humans have obsessed with projected Utopias of the world that revealed their perception of it. These multidimensional projections can be viewed as naiveties that leaked to the peripheral world nothing more than subjective thoughts. Half a century after More, Leon Battista Alberti promoted a parallel Utopian tradition of designing the Utopian city, one dedicated to Francesco Sforza....   [tags: Thomas Moore, Renaissance]
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Education in Thomas More's "Utopia" - The goal of education is to learn, and in this process of learning and being educated there are some greater goals that are served. Education in Thomas More’s Utopia seems to cater to a larger goal, which is to create virtuous persons and citizens, as they are responsible for attaining a flourishing human community. In Shakespeare’s The Tempest there seems to be an underlying idea of a connection between education and a sense of social control. The idea of instilling among his subjects a sense of obedience and influencing their knowledge through education, in order to bring about a feeling of belonging to a nation is prevalent in The Tempest....   [tags: Philosophy ]
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There is no Universal Utopia - The idea of a utopia is one which has spanned many millennia. The first example of a utopia was the Garden of Eden, and since then mankind has endeavored to reach this perfect existence, a world without problems, where everyone can abide in peace. Just the word ‘Utopia’ summons up a whole assemblage of images, images which differ from person to person. This is why the concept of a utopia has been so tossed around, because no one can truly say what a utopia is. From Plato's republic in 380BC right up to the modern day, literally hundreds of books have been written, and movies made, all which give differing opinions on what is the perfect world....   [tags: essays research papers] 1596 words
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Is Television Our Utopia? - ... “Nearly 36 percent mobile phone users can now watch the video beamed straight in their phones and the trend is still rising.” That’s unbelievable. 30 years ago nobody would have thought in that. We have advanced so much technology wise it’s incredible. Children are now able to play video games on their T.V. Their own images are mirrored with the help of a game system hooked up to the T.V. Kids are exercising and having fun at the same time. It’s all due to the huge step television took in the late 1900’s....   [tags: advertisement, video games, children]
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Utopia and Il Muqaddimah - ... Subjects and rulers both know what they do best, the subjects farm and raise cattle to make a profit, while the ruler makes sure that everything is done in order; however, if the ruler decides to farm and raise cattle he will make a small profit before the economy crashes, “when the ruler, who has so much more money than they, competes with them, scarcely a single one of them will any longer be able to obtain the things he wants, and everybody will become worried” (Khaldun 1734). Utopians have balance and this causes harmony, while subjects and rulers must know and not step out of their roles because it would lead to downfall....   [tags: families, social groups, commonwealth]
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Utopia Without Self Expression - The Handmaid’s Tale by Margret Atwood takes place in a government imposed “utopia” with strict rules and constant surveillance, however; the system is anything but perfect. This utopia fails because it does not recognize that human nature demands a means of self expression. The lack of freedom to love whom you want, dress how you want, or create what you want leads this society to corruption and self destruction. With the deprivation of choice, people are no longer human. Virtually every decision a person makes is in an attempt to express their character, it may be in the clothes they wear or the music they listen to, but ultimately everyone just wants to be loved and understood....   [tags: Ficitonal Literature] 1141 words
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Utopia Could Happen Tomorrow - Imagine for a second a place where color does not exist. Imagine a place where everyone lives in a house. Imagine a place where everyone one has a job and violence does not exist. Imagine a place where everything seems; familiar, homely, and secure. How far away do you think that place is from your communities today. Every single day, in every single country there are people who cannot afford and do not get simple basic necessities. No matter the weather, freezing rain or blazing sun, there was a lady, by the store, who I would pass every Sunday on my way to church....   [tags: poverty, ] 512 words
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Building Our Own Utopia - ... Finally, wind power will also be a major producer of our energy. These windmills will be placed in the small islands. Since there are strong winds coming from the east to the west, (from sea to land) windmill farms will catch the winds and harness their energy. Due to the fact that geothermal energy is extremely dangerous to extract energy from since the water used is superheated because it is coming from the magma of the earth, and fossil fuels are extremely bad for the environment, wind power, solar power, and water power seem to be the most suitable ways to collect energy (Geothermal Cons and Pros)....   [tags: Echo, school project]
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Utopia America - The thought of a utopia, where everyone is exactly the same, must appeal to some in need, such as the homeless and the poor. Those people would think that their lives would be better with the transition of our society. However, this is the wrong move to make and we should stay with our current, even if flawed form of government. The first point I have to make is the high cost that we must pay to move to such a point. America, for example has the Constitution to ensure freedoms are preserved. The US Constitution has basic rights and freedoms that are ensured regardless of what may come....   [tags: Government] 1026 words
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Living in a Utopia - Living in a Utopia This house believes that realised anarchy, as a political idea is the way to create a perfect society. Imagine a future 'utopia' of our species: A global community of humanity, which will have overcome the disunity of its primitive origin. A united human race, without boundaries dividing it against itself, living harmoniously with itself and with all Nature. A new and truly intelligent species, liberated from all malice -- therefore a species without military or police forces, without war or terrorism, without violence or hate, without crime or injustice, w...   [tags: Papers] 970 words
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Hitler's Utopia - Adolf Hitler came to power on February 28, 1933 (Rossel). He rose to power using inflammatory speeches and inspiring hope for the defeated Germans. He constructed a system to empower the German people and allow them to thrive in the period after the Great Depression (Noakes). Using keen acumen and decisive moves, he was able to turn Germany into a war machine bent on the creation of an Aryan utopian society, at the cost of all inferior races, especially the Jews ("The Period between 1933 and 1939")....   [tags: World History ]
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The Creating of a Utopia - Once upon a land, in a time not so far away, there lived a boy named Karl Marx who would grow up to be the Father of Communism. It kind of sounds like a bad passion, but his idea was really well intentioned and sprung from remarks of the daily life around him. After much consideration, Marx helped find a theory called Socialism, a “transitional [period] between capitalism and communism, and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done,” ( Merriam- Webster Online) which paved the way for Communism....   [tags: Sociology ]
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Thomas More's Utopia and His Context - Utopia is Sir Thomas More’s seminal work, depicting a fictitious island and its religious, social, and political customs. Working as an advisor to King Henry VIII, More was aware of the issues of his time such as ridiculous inflation, corruption, wars for little or no purpose, courtly ostentation, the abuse of power by the absolute monarchs, and the maltreatment of the poor. Consequently, More used Utopia to contrast some unique and refreshing political ideas with the chaotic politics of his own country....   [tags: literary criticism] 3393 words
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My Own Utopia - If I had to design a utopia and turn it into an actual something, I would make it almost exactly like earth is now... but it would have some major adjustments. Firstly, I want to work on everyone being accepted and equal. No matter who they are. All religion would be accepted on my version of earth. There would not be any discrimination against people who are jewish or christian, or any other religion. Nobody would be allowed, would want, to judge someone negatively on what religion they practice....   [tags: religion, christians, jews] 554 words
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Utopian Traditions In History - A Perfect Society Hidden in Our History Imagine a world with no crime, greed or poverty. In the past, many people have had the same dream and have strived to achieve a perfect world. The specticality of society’s thoughts on a perfect world made it difficult to achieve this. However, with religion at the side of the majority of these early perfect cultural dreamers, the idea of an utopia was created. A religious or secular community, forming a community life inspired by religion is the exact definition of a utopia today (“Utopian Societies”)....   [tags: greek culture, utopia, plato]
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Utopia and Dystopia in Harrison Bergeron and The Lottery - Utopia and Dystopia are themes that explore the substantial extents of deceiving ascendancy and contrive an impelling illusion of a ‘perfect‘ society. Utopia is described as a place, state, or condition that is ideally perfect in respect of politics, laws, customs, and conditions while a dystopia, or a negative utopia, is a society characterized as an illusion of a perfect society maintained through oppressive societal control, in which exploits into an exaggerated worst-case scenario. The short stories, Harrison Bergeron, and The Lottery, are both literary examples imparted around a utopian society....   [tags: Harrison Bergeron, The Lottery] 1343 words
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Freedom and Manipulation in Utopia by Thomas Moore - FREEDOM AND MANIPULATION Looking the word “freedom” up in the dictionary, I encounter with the following definition: the condition or right of being able or allowed to do, say, think, etc. whatever you want to, without being controlled or limited.¹³ Then, we can assume when you are unable to say things you would like to say, or to think in a different way than the one that has been imposed to you, you are not wholly free. That assumption leads me to have a deeper look at the Utopian Republic, citizens of which are supposedly free beings....   [tags: religion, language, authority]
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Is Utopia Possible? - Is Utopia Possible. Utopia: remote cabin on the beach, the kingship of a vast empire, Nirvana; Heaven, the Happy Hunting Grounds, paradise, perfection. What exactly is Utopia. According to Webster it is "1, an imaginary and indefinitely remote place" or " 2, often capitalized : a place of ideal perfection esp. in laws, government, and social conditions". Where is this perfect place. Will my dog live forever there. Will I never grow old. If I never grow old there does that mean I never mature....   [tags: Papers] 588 words
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Portrayal of Utopia in The Tempest - Portrayal of Utopia in The Tempest        In The Tempest, Shakespeare allows the audience to appreciate the possibilities of utopian society and whatever this may posses.  Being the good, and bad so that they can see that problems can arise in such a society. The Tempest can be thus seen as a window into the dimensions of utopian societies. While his characters take on the role of the leaders of the utopian societies, Shakespeare uses his creation to portray the social questions and beliefs of society of how a utopian environment should be....   [tags: Tempest essays]
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The Chrysalids - Utopia or Dystopia ? - The Chrysalids – Utopia or Dystopia . One could describe the novel "The Chrysalids" as a dystopian novel as apposed to utopian. The town in which David and the rest of shape-thinkers live is deffinatly not a utopia as well as the new land to which they move, Sealand. The dictionary definition of utopia is an imaginary island with perfect social & political system, social and political paradise. Waknuk is not an island, so it is deffinatly not a utopia, but Sealand has the characteristics of a utopia....   [tags: Chrysalids] 434 words
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Utopia - What is “Utopia”. What does this word mean to you. What would be your “Utopia”. Think about this while it is being read to you or while you read it and hopefully by the time the you get to the end you to will know what it means to you; and what your utopia would be like. By definition from a dictionary “Utopia” means, an ideally perfect place, especially in its social, political, and moral aspects. Utopia is your perfect world or society. It is a world of your choice, a world that meets every single expectation you have of life....   [tags: essays research papers] 383 words
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The Role of a Good City Thinking: Utopia, Dystopia and Heterotopia - Good city thinking The following essay addresses the discourse around the good city, trying to understand the importance of having a thinking on the topic rather than providing solutions for a good city. Providing solutions for the good city pose questions such as: good for whom. what is good. etc. These questions prompt that good and city are two words that form more questions than answers. In these nebula of questions urban design plays an important role because its nature is in the urban and therefore in the city....   [tags: good society, urban design, development]
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Utopia and Dystopia in Animal Farm by George Orwell - Wouldn't the world be a lot better if it was a utopia and not a dystopia. But because of groups like the pigs in George Orwells novel, animal farm, we are very far from that. In animal farm the pigs are the most responsible for the decay of a utopia into a dystopia because they were unfair to the other animals from other animals, they broke their own commandments, and because they were turning animal farm into a dictatorship. In Animal Farm the pigs turned the farm from a utopia into a dystopia because they were not treating all the animals fairly....   [tags: pigs, sleep on bed, dictatorship] 598 words
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Analysis of More's The Prince and Utopia - i. Introduction Sir Thomas More was born in London to Agnes and John More a lawyer in 1477. Tomas after being a page in the Morton Household was sent to Oxford University and became a successful lawyer. After becoming an MP for the Under-Sheriff of London he started writing the book Utopia and finishing it 1516. After writing the book he was appointed as the privy councilor to King Henry VIII in 1518. He was latter executed in 1535 for refusing King Henry VIII to be the head of the church. Utopia is a fictional book about Mores talk with Raphael Nonsenso and his travels to Utopia....   [tags: essays research papers] 1546 words
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Society in Utopia by Thomas More - Society in Utopia by Thomas More In his book Utopia, Thomas More examines a society that seems to be the ideal living situation for human beings. The main thesis of Utopia is his solution to many of the problems that are being faced in English society in the early 16th century. In forming his ideas for the country of Utopia, More points out many of the problems that he sees in English society. One of the most striking examples of English social problems that More points out is the punishment of thieves....   [tags: Papers Analysis Essays]
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Utopia - 	As its title hints, the essay which follows is not the history but biographical of an idea. The idea for the book called Utopia. Like all ideas for books it was born and had its whole life span in the mind of an author. Like all such ideas it ceased to be when the printed book Utopia became a black-on-white reality. Although there is no accurate record of its birth date, it seems to have been born in the mind of Sir Thomas More. As the writer I shall have to take into account the environment in which our subject passed its life and that environment was the mind of Sir Thomas More....   [tags: essays research papers] 1924 words
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Utopia - Utopia Utopias are generally said to be societies in which the political, social and economic troubles hampering its inhabitants has been done away with. Instead the state is there to serve the people and ensure the peacefulness and happiness of everyone. The word utopia, which means "no place" in Greek, was first used to mean a perfect society in 1516 in the publication of Saint Thomas More's story "Utopia". The story depicted life as it was with its people and social institutions on an imaginary island....   [tags: essays research papers] 2084 words
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Utopia - Utopia The fashion in Utopia never alters; and it is neither disagreeable nor uneasy. Every family makes their own clothes. However, women, for the most part, do the "spinning and weaving." This job suits them best, as they are considered the weaker of the sexes. As it can clearly be seen throughout the book, Utopia is a utilitarian, and a pure communistic society. There is no reason, or want for excess of material goods. Nor is there a desire to have anything new. Everyone has the same clothing, and they are all seemingly happy with this conformity.The Utopian's believe that to follow one's own natural impulses toward our likes, and dislikes is "what God meant us to do." Thus they define...   [tags: Papers] 451 words
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Theme of Utopia in The Giver - Throughout history, people had made numerous futile attempts to create an Utopian society. The term "Utopia" depicts on an imaginary ideal state. Such a state is describe in The Giver. In The Giver, Jonas's community believes in the renunciation of personal properties, rights, one's unique characteristics and of binding personal relationships (such as marriage). This society is believed to be perfect, free of pain and sorrow; everything is under control and "same". This serene society greatly contradict with the one we live in....   [tags: Lois Lowry] 808 words
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Utopia - Thomas More’s, Utopia is one of the most politically and socially influential texts to date. His audience, which ranges from academic and social scholars to college students, all can gain a different understanding of the work and it’s meaning. In order to fully comprehend More’s message, one must have an appreciation for the time and culture in which he lived. After grasping historical concepts, one reads Utopia, not as just a volume recounting a fictitious island society, but rather as a critique on a time of corruption and reformation....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Utopia - Utopia Sir Thomas More writes, in his book Utopia, about a society that is perfect in practically ever sense. The people all work an equal amount and everything they need for survival is provided. Most importantly is that everyone living in this perfect society is happy and content with their everyday lives. In this society everybody supports everyone. The community is only as strong as its weakest link. For society to progress everyone must work together. Opponents of the Utopian system, however, feel that the strong should not have to look after the weak....   [tags: essays research papers] 1252 words
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