Date of Award
University Scholars Director
Dr. Christine Chaney
First Advisor/Committee Member
Dr. Tom Amorose
Second Advisor/Committee Member
Dr. Jeff Keuss
forgiveness, free will, pride, instability, perfection, society
This paper analyzes Thomas More’s Utopia and John Milton’s Paradise Lost to investigate the realistic desirability of perfection. The practices that ensure perfection in Thomas More’s Utopia are realistically applied to society to determine if such practices would be feasible, accepted, or desired in society. Meanwhile, the reactions and comments on the lost perfection of the Garden of Eden in John Milton’s Paradise Lost are analyzed as a template for navigating a fallen, imperfect world. By studying these two literary works together, this paper seeks to investigate the realistic desirability of perfection in society and the effects of chasing perfection.
Tan, Eryn, "The Realistic Desirability of Perfection in Thomas More’s Utopia and John Milton’s Paradise Lost" (2021). Honors Projects. 133.
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