Analysis Of The Adventures Of Sir Thomas More 's Utopia

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In Thomas More’s Utopia, the author details the adventures of Sir Thomas More, Peter Giles, and Raphael Hythloday through Antwerp Belgium. While in service to King Henry VIII of England, Thomas More travels to Antwerp, Belgium where he encounters Peter Giles and Raphael Hythloday (who is a philosopher from the island of Utopia). Sir Thomas More happens to share the same name as the author of Utopia, and many of the characters share names and backstories with respective real life counterparts, like Peter Giles. After Sir Thomas More travels to Antwerp, he spends most of his time discussing intellectual subjects with his friend Peter Giles. After a period of time in Antwerp, Peter Giles introduces Sir Thomas More to Raphael Hythloday, an acquaintance of Peter’s. Raphael is a philosopher and world traveler who spent many a voyage traveling with Amerigo Vespucci, who is renowned to have discovered and mapped the New World. Raphael describes the different areas that he traveled to, such as the New World, islands south of the Equator, and the island of Utopia. While discussing his travels, Thomas More and Peter think that he would make an excellent consul to the king, which Raphael absolutely refuses. He recounts a story where in England, he once proposed different practices that could be used over the current ones, where his proposals were met with snide comments and brushed aside. However they were received positively when Cardinal Morton, a respected individual, also agreed with changing some policies. He uses this story to show how his help would ultimately be pointless and unneeded, as no one would actually agree with him until others agreed with him. Sir Thomas More, the author, writes this story to show the disparity between the... ... middle of paper ... ...n through his use of explaining the way religion, war, philosophy, slavery, education, and more in Utopia. Each of the ways that Sir Thomas More explains how these concepts work in Utopia are reflections of what he wishes for England, and are his take on “a perfect society.” While being subjected to a monopoly on religion, Sir Thomas More wants for a society with tolerance for different views. While living in a society that uses slaves and is a large component of the triangular trade, he wishes for one where slaves are frowned upon, and if necessary comprised of criminals who break big laws. Sir Thomas More lives in England, a country which tried to amass a large empire in the 16th century, and thus wishes for the country to be more peaceful. These views are shown in his perception of Utopia, and show how his time period and surroundings greatly influenced his work.

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