Hythloday's Opposition to Pride

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Crystal McKinney Professor McQueen-Thomson English 301.03 March 18, 2013 Hythloday’s Opposition to Pride In the story from Sir Thomas More’s Utopia , a character name Hythloday thinks that “pride” is the root of all evil. He feels that pride is the major contributing factor to all political, economical, and social issues happening in Europe. Poverty, bad government, and even corruption he blames on pride. And although most people only see pride as one of the seven deadly sins Hythloday sees it as the starting point or connection to all the other sins. Hythloday influences the narrative of the story by constantly projecting his philosophical ideas as to why everything relates to pride. Hythloday gives a great example on how people with a high ranking in society would let their pride take over to save oneself. “Now in a court composed of people who envy everyone else and admire only themselves, if a man should suggest something he had read of in other ages or seen in practice elsewhere, the other counselors would think their reputation for wisdom was endangered and they would look like simpletons, unless they could find fault with his proposal.” (579) This is a great reasoning as to how someone would harm someone else in order to make themselves look better for their own benefit. Hythloday’s explanation means that a man’s pride is spared at all cost even if it means to find fault in someone McKinney 2 else to save yourself. Hythloday changes his idea toward the end of the story about pride being an internal force instead of being an external force by saying “ Pride is too deeply fixed in human nature to be easily plucked out”. (644) His ideas are portrayed due to the fact that he feels humans by nature cannot control a sense of pride. He feels that it is something that is just inside of us and we

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