An Egalitarian Society as Raphael’s’ Great Achievement of Utopia

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An Egalitarian Society as Raphael’s’ Great Achievement of Utopia
This analysis of Thomas More’s Utopia (published in 1516) will define egalitarian society as the crowning achievement of Raphael Hythloday’s interpretation of Utopia. Hythloday often expresses the need for a society in which social hierarchy have been abolished, which would stave off the corruption so often seen through government by aristocracy. Since Thomas More was a Catholic that worked for King Henry VIII as a royal Counselor, which eventually resulted in his beheading because of Henry’s desire to break from the Church of Rome. However, the character Raphael poses the idea of an egalitarian society that opposes More’s more practical application of the aristocracy as the...
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.....s of a “socialist” option that links egalitarian and aristocratic ways of creating an ideal society. Why not try and blend together a class hierarchy that can be regulated by a governing body that seeks the greatest good for all? In this way, More’s Utopia is polarizing theories about governing, but bringing forth the idea of an egalitarian society during the monarchical and theocratic 16th century was an impressive feat. Finally, I would give this book a rating of eight (with ten being the highest) because of its challenging ideas within More’s own historical era, and because it proposes a vision of equality that teaches cooperation and equal rights for humanity.
Works Cited:
More, Thomas. Utopia. New York: Adamant Media Corporation, 2001.