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When Thomas More wrote his book Utopia the influence of Renaissance and Reform had been spreading its influence over Europe and EnglandThe Renaiisance movement has in its roots the rejuvanation of the interest in ancient greek culture and the re-examination of the works of PlatoAnother movement which made its repercussions be strongly felt all over the continent was the Reformation against which the Catholic church of the times was in fierce struggle to subdue its influenceOne of the works which best reflects the vogue and the tensions of such a vacillating and volatile age as the sixteenth century was was Mores masterpiece UtopiaMost probablyMore must have been inspired by the geographical explorations and especially Americo Vespucis personal records before he undertook the task of creating an imaginary worldAs we knowthe discovery of new lands was the impelling force behind mans inextinguishable desire to learn and find out new thingsWhile crticising the english society and the period in which he liveshe uses the so-called memories of Hytholoday and makes him says what he wants toHe is in all senses an exact Renaissance man and the things which he takes criticises in Utopia are the things which a Renaiisance man also criticisesIn 16th century Europe there was great disappointment with the Catholic churchIt had grown to become a corrupted institution which was more concerned with worldy matters and augmenting its wealth than attending to peoples spiritual needsWith the dissemination of these kind of thoughts and with the beginnig of the Reformation movement in Germanyprotestanism and nationalism become stronger in Europe and EnglandWhen reformist thoughts and principles engulf EnglandMores inconceivable opposition to reformist ideas end up in his executionWhereasin his Utopia More will stand against religious bigotry and defend ideas of religious and personal libertyWhile the Catholic church gives women no place in society and mercilessly scorns themMoreby showing a type of man with his own free-conscience and able to stand on his own two feetwill give women
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