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Public Private login e. Chaucer's Miller. Wife of Bath. Religious Protest. Biblical Drama. Play of Mankind. Early Modern Period. Thomas More. Philip Sidney. Print Culture. Walter Raleigh. Twelfth Night 1. Civil War. An Age of Irreverence. Aphra Behn. Reading Papers. Rape of the Lock.

School for Scandal. New God. Final Exam. Write for an hour or more if you have time. Summarize the readings. What is new in More, compared to the medieval literature we have been reading? What actually happens nowhere? Is Utopia an endorsement of communism? How do you think its early readers would have reacted to the call to abolish private property? Could Hythlodaeus have worked for George W. For Barak Obama?

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Would he have joined the Tea Party? Are philosophy and politics irreconcilable? G from David Damrosch, et al. Sir Thomas More often is viewed as a model of constancy in a fickle world of change. During Roman Catholic times, More rose to the highest appointed political office in England as Lord Chancellor, but eventually long after writing Utopia , when Catholic times were ending, More opposed the decision of his king, Henry VIII , to divorce a Catholic wife without the pope's indulgence.

More's refusal to back Henry's divorce cost him his job, but his subsequent refusal to recognize Henry as head of the reorganized Church of England cost him his head.

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Robert Bolt's screenplay A Man for All Seasons captures well the principled side of the man who was executed as "the king's good servant, but first the servant of God. As Lord Chancellor he dealt cruelly with "heretics. In a time when many faiths were developing, when Utopians may have believed in freedom of religion , Catholic More was a fierce "defender of the faith. This stimulating technique was established by More's friend Erasmus in The Praise of Folly which, like Utopia , broadly criticizes aspects of society—the monarchy, the church, the professions—and yet makes its criticisms through a fictive narrator, or persona.

Using the license of the court jester to speak freely, this literary device enabled dissent and speculation in an age of severe censorship, when offensive words often were punished as treason. The meaning of Utopia is debatable enough that in the 20th century both communists and anti-communists often cited it as support for their causes. Utopia is essentially a dialogue between More, who takes the part of a practical statesman, and Raphael Hythlodaeus, an uncompromising philosopher. Their names are significant.

The two characters seem not to agree on any subject, especially as to the value of money, and in the end More puts off their debate until another day because Hythlodaeus seems tired and unwilling to accept any opposition to his views Left: Han Holbein the Younger's Erasmus. As in Homer's Odyssey , the Platonic dialogues, the tragedies of Euripides and other ancient Greek literature, the reader of this dialogue is put in the position of skeptic. This is not a position that readers in the Middle Ages generally were encouraged to take.