Thursday, November 09, 2006

Utopia by Sir Thomas More Discussion

The definition of utopia is an imaginary, ideal civilization that is currently not extistent. In the story Utopia by Sir Thomas More, More's vivid imagination of the island of Utopia had many fictional characters but they conveyed the true values of society in Europe in the 16th century. The reason this was so revolutionary is because the time period that this was written. This type of writing and imagery was not seen much until More wrote the book Utopia. There was much political upheaval in England and the literature of the time showed this. Utopia was a perfect place, far from what was happening in present day at the time. This time period also marked the change in language and the forms of language used, it became more standardized. Therefore, Utopia was revolutionary for its time in the idea of imagery, idealism, and a perfect place, which was so much different that what was actually going on at the time.

Five web sites for Utopia:

http://www.bookrags.com/notes/uto
http://www.constitution.org/tm/utopia.htm
http://www.online-literature.com/more/utopia
http://chass.utoronto.ca/emls/01-2/lakomore.html
http://sparknotes.com/philosophy/utopia

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