Was More risking persecution by the church because of Utopia?

In his work Utopia, Sir Thomas More wrote about a mythical island which had a near-perfect society. In Utopia, the government holds all things in common and there is no private property. Everyone has to work, but due to Utopia’s productivity the total work day is only six hours. The cities of Utopia do not … Continue reading Was More risking persecution by the church because of Utopia?

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Why does More present the Traveler as a Sensible Reformer early in Book I of Utopia, but not later?

In Sir Thomas More’s book Utopia, we encounter a world traveler named Raphael Hythloday. Raphael tells a few listeners about the island of Utopia, a place where everything seems perfect. Raphael says he returned to Europe to tell people about this amazing place. Raphael doesn’t care for riches or power and is therefore presented as … Continue reading Why does More present the Traveler as a Sensible Reformer early in Book I of Utopia, but not later?