Question 1: Akash Kapur’s article is a retrospection of utopia as a vagary and an unachievable venture. He connects the historical origin of utopia to hypocrisy and contradiction by those who proposed utopia since they wished one thing and did exactly the other. To affirm his assertions, he analyses the available literary texts on utopia and the organization and societies which considered utopia in human history, using their continuous to infer that utopia cannot be achieved. He ties utopia with many human aspects such as economy and sociopolitical life, where he brings up capitalism and communism, the later exhibiting elements of utopia, but in the real sense, its proponents practiced the dreaded capitalism saying the current sociopolitical and economic systems cannot support utopia, citing Oneida organization which fell (Kapur, 2016). Linking his thoughts with Jennings’s expedition in utopian societies, he claims that even these communities have not realized any alluring results, therefore he decries it.
Question 2: Frederic Jameson literary proponent of Marxism and utopianism (Kapur, 2016).
Question 3: No such name as Wislawa Szymborska is mentioned in the article.
Question 4: This week’s assigned material on The Utopian Impulse is a wide topic that needs a look back at the history of Utopia, to Ancient Greece. The idea to create ideal societies goes way back European and Americas history sociopolitical environments. Nevertheless, efforts for such societies proved futile since the principles proposed in Utopia and what actually happened presented a travesty. For example, proponents of Utopia like Plato sought to ostracize individuals they deemed a threat to their thoughts like the poets who were realists. Kapur’s article ties with the week’s material since it provides a look back into utopia from the early times hitherto, giving us a glimpse of the impossibility of utopia (Kapur, 2016).
Question 5: Significance of this essay; history, hypocrisy, and society (Kapur, 2016). History seeks to show the initial ideas on utopia, how they were implemented and how they impacted on the society, and it is apparent that utopia was an unbecoming fantasy, hypocrisy denotes the cunning nature of humans, who talk about one thing and do exactly the opposite, while society signifies the general public who cannot accept ideologies meant to better their lives.