How does the concept of Utopia appear in literature?

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The most critical note someone can make about the concept of Utopia throughout literature is expressed clearly in Thomas More's novel. This is the note that Utopia exists only in the mind, and cannot be found on any map. Translated from the Greek, "Utopia" literally means "not place," meaning nobody could ever truly venture to the land. More plays on this idea in his novel when he says Raphael "never thought of telling us whereabouts in the New World Utopia is." This intentional omission in the novel gives the readers even more knowledge that Utopia actually doesn't exist.

More's Utopia is not the only work of literature that expresses this idea that a perfect land cannot exist. Plato's Republic also intentionally does not reveal exactly where to find the land of utopia. What someone would consider a Utopia changes from person to person as well. The practices described in Thomas More's Utopia are much different than those in Plato's Republic, and although some people would see each as a utopia, there are others who would agree that neither is. 

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