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Thomas Mores context was 16th century England which entailed the Humanist movement Thomas More constantly shifted between the ideals of Humanist philosophy and service to his king and country The period leading up to the writing of Utopia swelled a massive personal dilemma within More between philosophical idealism and worldly pragmatism It can be witnessed in Mores novel Utopia that Book Two is a clear expression of Thomas Mores own context Several issues that he addresses in Book One are pertinent to our understanding of his reasoning in Book Two Issues such as the money property slavery and education are attacked by More in Book One and in Book Two he provides a solution to these issues Mores ingenuous use of language techniques also heightens the realism of his expressions An important issue that More attacks is the operation of the economy Mores context maintained a system of feudalism which culminated in the majority of people supporting a minority of undeserving idle bourgeois noblemen However in Book Two of Utopia he addresses this inequity by proposing the absence of currency As Raphael says in Book Two Theres more than enough of everything to go around so theres no risk of asking for more than he needs - for why anyone want to start hoarding when he knows hell never have to go short of anything We can see here that the use of colloquial language and rhetoric is key in emphasising the importance of this issue Raphael indicates that the non-existence of money means that there is no exploitation greed or power In fact it forces people to treat one another on an egalitarian basis The keystone of the Utopia lies in the policy of communal property Everyone shared worked and had equal rights on the same land and this in turn led to high productivity and economic stability More expresses that the abolition of private property removes class-based social stratification and
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