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Why did Thomas More write "Utopia"?

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Thomas More wrote "Utopia" to highlight the political struggle between church and state and the influence it had on the daily lives of people. The word "utopia" is Greek. It has two meanings: The first meaning is "no place," and the second is "perfect place."

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Although people have come to refer to a utopia as a perfect place based on More's book, the title "Utopia" is actually the first clue that More's book is meant as a satire and not to be taken seriously. In fact, More's "Utopia" is ultimately anything but. Rather, it is a place in which even the most minute details of citizens' lives are monitored and policed by the state. The ultimate moral of the story is that the "perfect place" is "no place." It doesn't exist, even in places that believe themselves to be utopian in nature because some element of human interest is always going to be at odds with another. The only way to keep people from regressing to a perpetual state of war is to police them as much as possible. Ironically, though "Utopia" is set in the "new world," it is a place that is contrary to the ideas expressed in the Constitution and based on the philosophical theories of Hobbs and Locke. In More's "Utopia," the wages of civilization are the sacrifice of individual freedoms.

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