Utopia the only true commonwealth

Utopia (1901)/Chapter 1

Now when things are in so great a fermentation, and so many gallant men are joining counsels how to carry on the war, if so mean a man as I should stand up and wish them to change all their counsels—to let Italy alone and stay at home, since the kingdom of France was indeed greater than could be well governed by one man; that therefore he ought not to think of adding others to it; and if, after this, I should propose to them the resolutions of the Achorians, a people that lie on the south-east of Utopia, who long ago engaged in war in order to add to the dominions of their prince another kingdom, to which he had some pretensions by an ancient alliance: How can there be any plenty where every man will excuse himself from labour.

So much learning as you have, even without practice in affairs, or so great a practice as you have had, without any other learning, would render you a very fit counsellor to any king whatsoever. More chose these letters, which are communications between actual people, to further the plausibility of his fictional land.

The price of wool is also so risen that the poor people, who were wont to make cloth, are no more able to buy it; and this, likewise, makes many of them idle: Nor is it so becoming the dignity of a king to reign over beggars as over rich and happy subjects. If Utopia is a truely socialist state, then one can see that oppression is inescapable in either society.

While Hythlodaeus may suggest his words are not to be trusted, Raphael meaning in Hebrew "God has healed" suggests that Raphael may be opening the eyes of the reader to what is true.

In the same spirit, these letters also include a specimen of the Utopian alphabet and its poetry. I confess, without taking it quite away, those pressures that lie on a great part of mankind may be made lighter, but they can never be quite removed; for if laws were made to determine at how great an extent in soil, and at how much money, every man must stop—to limit the prince, that he might not grow too great; and to restrain the people, that they might not become too insolent—and that none might factiously aspire to public employments, which ought neither to be sold nor made burdensome by a great expense, since otherwise those that serve in them would be tempted to reimburse themselves by cheats and violence, and it would become necessary to find out rich men for undergoing those employments, which ought rather to be trusted to the wise.

Notes on Characters from Utopia

Now the Jester thought he was in his element, and laid about him freely. However, More and Giles argue that the wise cannot leave leadership to the corrupt and must attempt to better society when possible. A savage people, whom the Utopians typically hire as warriors, as they prefer hiring warriors to having their own people fight.

No matter how hard More tried to escape it, his morals and values were still derived from the society he lived in. However, More and Giles argue that the wise cannot leave leadership to the corrupt and must attempt to better society when possible.

Those that are found guilty of theft among them are bound to make restitution to the owner, and not, as it is in other places, to the prince, for they reckon that the prince has no more right to the stolen goods than the thief; but if that which was stolen is no more in being, then the goods of the thieves are estimated, and restitution being made out of them, the remainder is given to their wives and children; and they themselves are condemned to serve in the public works, but are neither imprisoned nor chained, unless there happens to be some extraordinary circumstance in their crimes.

His conversation was so pleasant and so innocently cheerful, that his company in a great measure lessened any longings to go back to my country, and to my wife and children, which an absence of four months had quickened very much.

One proposes a league with the Venetians, to be kept as long as he finds his account in it, and that he ought to communicate counsels with them, and give them some share of the spoil till his success makes him need or fear them less, and then it will be easily taken out of their hands; another proposes the hiring the Germans and the securing the Switzers by pensions; another proposes the gaining the Emperor by money, which is omnipotent with him; another proposes a peace with the King of Arragon, and, in order to cement it, the yielding up the King of Navarre's pretensions; another thinks that the Prince of Castile is to be wrought on by the hope of an alliance, and that some of his courtiers are to be gained to the French faction by pensions.

Therefore go through with the play that is acting the best you can, and do not confound it because another that is pleasanter comes into your thoughts. I might have contracted it, but I resolved to give it you at large, that you might observe how those that despised what I had proposed, no sooner perceived that the Cardinal did not dislike it but presently approved of it, fawned so on him and flattered him to such a degree, that they in good earnest applauded those things that he only liked in jest; and from hence you may gather how little courtiers would value either me or my counsels.

But they report and there remains good marks of it to make it credible that this was no island at first, but a part of the continent. They sailed before with great caution, and only in summer time; but now they count all seasons alike, trusting wholly to the loadstone, in which they are, perhaps, more secure than safe; so that there is reason to fear that this discovery, which was thought would prove so much to their advantage, may, by their imprudence, become an occasion of much mischief to them.

All able-bodied citizens must work; thus unemployment is eradicated, and the length of the working day can be minimised: Utopians forgo their individual freedom of will for the sake of nationwide material and spiritual contentment with the world.

They knew little concerning us before our arrival among them. It is death for any other slave to be accessory to it; and if a freeman engages in it he is condemned to slavery. Now, when the stomachs of those that are thus turned out of doors grow keen, they rob no less keenly; and what else can they do?.

What, in Raphael Hythloday's opinion, is the chief reason that Utopia should be considered the only true commonwealth? There is no private business in Utopia, and thus everyone pursues the public welfare. Just as Utopia is a complex of genres, the Introduction is a "pastiche" (collage) of different literary forms including the poem, the pictogram and the epistle.

Each of these serves a distinct narrative purpose. The first poem is a six line stanza by Utopia's poet laureate. This poem creates a pun on the word Utopia as opposed to eutopia. Utopia The Only True Commonwealth Thomas More’s Utopia is a work of ambiguous dualities that forces readers 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.”. Raphael Hythloday: A well-traveled friend of Giles', who does not believe in the present system of government, but rather in that of Utopia, which he thinks is the only true commonwealth.

He lived in Utopia for five years, and describes every aspect of. "Utopia The Only True Commonwealth" Essays and Research Papers Utopia The Only True Commonwealth Thomas More’s Utopia is a work of ambiguous dualities that forces readers to question More’s real view on the concept of a utopian society.

Apr 08,  · But Plato judged right, that except kings themselves became philosophers, they who from their childhood are corrupted with false notions would never fall in entirely with the counsels of philosophers, and this he himself found to be true in the person of Dionysius.

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