A Compare and Contrast of Thomas Moore's Utopia and Machiavelli's the Prince

1532 Words May 20th, 2005 7 Pages
Just vs. Viable To be just is to be fair and honorable. Kids are taught that if you are kind and just you will excel and be successful. But life's not fair and being just doesn't necessary mean that a society will stand the test of time and be able to grow. The two different societies introduced in More's Utopia and Machiavelli's The Prince are very different and although More's Utopian society would be considered more just then Machiavelli's society. Machiavelli's society is more realistic and more likely to be viable. Leadership is a major issue when it comes to whether or not a society is going to be viable. It seems that if the leader is a good leader, a leader that puts his people first and wants the best for his country, …show more content…

Also all the Utopians think the same. This is the main reason why their society wouldn't be viable although it is more just. The fact that they don't value money and no one pays for anything, everyone just takes what they need, makes the Utopian society more just because everything seems fair. But it's unrealistic, it's not human nature. The Utopians as a society are very self centered, so it's hard to believe that they would be such honest people. And the fact that they don't fight their own wars and they don't abide by any rules of war, they win by any means even if it means "fighting dirty." The Utopians put on a front of having these great morals and being a great society, but its all smoke and mirrors. They make themselves look like a wonderful society. But they are the lesser of two evils, they are more just then the society in The Prince, although they aren't as viable. The government in The Prince is a monarchy, with a distinctive cast system. Machiavelli said that the best way to keep order in this kind of society was for the people to fear their leader but not to hate him because "the prince must have the people well disposed toward him; otherwise in times of adversity there is no hope. " The prince had to keep the people, the nobles and the army all happy at the same time. The people were kept happy to keep them from bringing in an outside force and also for the fact that "a man who conspires

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