Living in an Ideal Society: Thomas More’s Utopia

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Murat ÇEVİRGEN

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Living in an Ideal Society: Thomas More’s Utopia


 


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Since the beginning of the time, people have imagined an ideal society. At this point, the term utopia, which was coined by Thomas More for his book Utopia (1516), comes to exist. By definition, utopia refers to a good non-exist place. Moreover, it can be defined not only as an imaginary society which is superior to any existing society, but also as a satire on the writer’s own society. In this respect, almost all utopias, which follow the path of More’s book, touch upon the themes of administration, education, family, law and property. As the first utopian writer, More presents social evils of the time in his Utopia and emphasises the necessity for a better society. By presenting shortcomings of the time, More tries to find a possible solution to the problems of the society and political system. Accordingly, utopia becomes the image of ideal society which may exist in some distant faraway time. However, utopia is not achievable. This is because, utopia can turn into dystopia. The aim of this paper is, thus, to examine how utopia, dystopia and satire go hand in hand with reference to Thomas More’s Utopia.


 


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Thomas More’s Utopia, Utopia, Dystopia

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ÇEVİRGEN, M. (2020). Living in an Ideal Society: Thomas More’s Utopia. Journal of English Language and Literature Club, 2(1), 7-11. Retrieved from https://dergi.ingilizedebiyati.net/cuidek/article/view/123
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