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More and Plato Thomas Mores Utopia and Platos Republic are classic examples of the struggle for the perfect society The similarities of the two books do not limit them to mere dialogue Both contain a description of the perfect state although they do this for different reasons and they arrive at different types of perfection With the idea of a better or happier place one would suspect that they struggled in the life they lived on Earth Thomas Mores Utopia was written both as a product of his time and also as a product of a previous time when Platos Rebublic was written To first understand the relationship that the two books obtain one would need to put each work in context Important is to realize the role of Plato in both the period of Humanism and within that in the life of Thomas More More like many of his companions of the period had enjoyed good humanist and retained a powerful love of classical literature Rice 141 To further complicate matters he not only was a politician but also a devout Christian who secretly wore a hairshirt until the day before he died TurnerMore Cresacre More said that When he was about 10 or 12 years old More tried to chastise and tame his unbridled sexuality even to the extent of wearing a rough and knotted hair shirt at such a young age Ackroyd 69 More was a devout Catholic who was executed because he refused to take an oath swearing loyalty to Henry VIII after the split of the Church of England over the pope His religion and beliefs makes one understand some of the differences between the Republic and Utopia Platos Republic had aspects that were very popular and contemporary but also greatly controversial One such problem arises to the fact that Platos abolition of the family within the ideal city All these women shall be wives in common to
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