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Laura Luedke 3/6/06 Utopia versus England In order to display his disgust with the English government, Thomas More, who was one of King Henry VIII’s closest advisors, wrote about a fictionalized and ideal state called Utopia. In essence, the Utopian society that More presents strongly resembles communism but, at the same time, it promotes Christian ideals. Through this Utopian society, More provides a clear view of the flaws and hypocrisies of the English government. The differences between Utopia and England are striking when one considers the main theme of the book—happiness. According to More, happiness comes from pleasure. However, pleasure in Utopia has an entirely different meaning from pleasure in sixteenth- century England. In Utopia, pleasure is “any state or activity, physical or mental, which is naturally enjoyable” (73). Mental pleasures include: understanding, contemplative truth, memory of a well-spent life, etc. On the other hand, physical pleasures include those of
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