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Utopia vs Pleasantville Essay

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Utopian texts are often a criticism of the society in which it was created. These texts reflect certain facets of the context during the time it was written in, due to the values of the author being influenced by societal attitudes. Thomas More’s Utopia (1516) inaugurated a literary genre that continues to provoke the re-evaluation of values within the society.........

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Thomas More’s Utopia (1516) inaugurated a literary genre that continues to provoke the re-evaluation of values within the society. The film Pleasantville (1998) by Gary Ross is a contemporary example of the utopic genre as it targets the conservative community of the 1950’s. While Utopia critiques the distinct class hierarchy and its outcomes, Pleasantville portrays the issues concerning the modern American society, namely disintegration of familial values as well as segregation. Both texts underline the essentiality of education and the notion of knowledge. Thomas More’s Renaissance text Utopia is an explicit critique on the arbitrary social hierarchy as well as the political system under corrupt kingship in 16th century Tudor England. The overar...
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