Although there is no writing assignment for this week, I did have a video that I wanted to share with you all! After the last class (130) I was thinking a lot about utopian and dystopian societies and I remembered a short film titled 2081. I decided to watch it for the first time again today since the first time years ago, and I couldn’t help but share it for you all to watch. It is only about a half-hour, and I would consider it educational. If you have the time, or even need a little break from class – watch it! You won’t regret it!
More said many things in this book that were controversial for his time, and for our time now as well. He contradicted himself at points, and the pages were riddled with rambling run-on sentenced, and horribly written dialogues. However, this book was written in a dialect targeting intellectuals (who could read Latin); meaning that he knew his audience would be composed greatly of church officials. I do not think that he purposefully would’ve written badly of the audience he was writing to, and if he had, then he would be simply hiding behind the category of satire, not embodying it. I don’t think that More was risking persecution by the church at all by publishing this book; he holds to many of the churches religious principals as well. Utopia has a ‘creator god,’ but there is no national creed. This can appeal to every person, (even those trying to impose their religions on others can typically take a step back and respect one another.) There is also faith in a ‘future religious unity’ among Utopians. More stays in safe areas here by making sure not to undermine the Catholic church, but not necessarily following their ways in his literature either.
Why does More present the traveler as a sensible reformer early in Book I, but not later?
In More’s Utopia, a curious traveler is presented to us in the form of a satirical character “who has seen what does not work.” He claims to have come from a land of no free market; a land where he has been made to see money as an enormous threat to social order. In the earlier pages of Utopia, this traveler is portrayed as a rational man with some extremely strange ideas; however as the book goes on, his ideas begin to seem more and more wild, some are almost unfathomable to the people which he speaks. He claims that in Utopia, people do not make war within (between) the cities, but that they are a people of peace. The only catch being, that it eventually becomes clear the traveler is simply describing a totalitarian society, fully equip with the welfare state and magistrates whom have omniscience. His tales become less sensible the farther you read, and More does this to emphasize the severity of the satire in the tale; whereas in the beginning it is harder to differentiate his honest ideas from the satirical ones.