Utopia: by Sir Thomas More - Summary

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      Utopia (1551) by Sir Thomas More was written originally in Latin and later translated into English by Ralph Robynson in 1551. The book is interesting in its own way and at the same time it influences the Renaissance. The book is divided into two parts.

      More and his friend Peter Giles leave Church service in Antwerp and encounter Raphael Hythloday, a Portugese seaman who accompanied Amerigo Vespucci on his third voyage to the New World. The mariner found in Utopia a far diferent world from European corruption, crime, waste and war.

Utopia (1551)

      In the second part, Hythloday tells of the ideal state where the government is truly representative. The economy is communistic. A six hour day is all the work required of a man. Happiness is the highest good. The Utopians detest war and bear arms only in self-defence. Most interesting is the complete religious toleration.

      Utopia is a rational world governed by truly humanistic principles. More suggests the new approach of the humanists to create the right world for men. The book is remarkable for confident idealism, witty phrasing and fertile imagination.

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