The Perfect Society In Sir Thomas More's Utopia

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Sir Thomas More wrote “Utopia”, a fictional description of a perfect society, in 1515. Merriam Webster dictionary defines a utopia as “a place of ideal perfection especially in laws, government, and social conditions”. More uses the modernity and appeal of the New World to craft this account and show the contrast between European monarchies and what is allegedly ideal. With the combination of new, better lands and exploration on the rise, this book gained popularity while evoking a sense of imagination and hope.
More describes the land of Utopia as a place that “among all things are so well governed, and with so few laws; where virtue hath its due reward, and yet there is such an equality, that every man lives in plenty” (More 1). As seen in the texts of Edward Waterhouse’s declaration of Opechancanough’s 1622 Uprising in Virginia
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(2, 4). In addition, families in Utopia make their own clothing, fashion never changes, and all citizens wear the same clothes (More 2). The New World is different in their fashion choices. In fact, many people do not have very much choice in their clothing, “But I have nothing at all, no not a shirt to my backe, but two Ragges nor no clothes, but one capp, but two bands” (Frethorne 2). Utopians follow a loose schedule that includes “six of these [hours] for work; three of which are before dinner, and three after. They then sup, and at eight o’clock, counting from noon, go to bed and sleep eight hours. The rest of their time besides that taken up in work, eating, and sleeping, is left to every man’s discretion” (More 2). As stated by Frethorne, indentured servants “… must worke hard both earelie, and late… which is most pitifull if you did know as much as I” (2). Agriculture and farming is common and learned by all in Utopia (More 1-2), yet Waterhouse describes the harvest “…which our paines merited, [that]

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