The irony is very prevalent in this statement because Creon defies the laws of the God’s, which are of much more importance than his own laws. Creon’s arrogance inability to take his own advice leads him to anger the Gods and set himself up for
In the eyes of his contemporaries, Socrates' blatant defiance of tradition and religion as the sole importance of life and thought was so unorthodox that it was punishable by death. According to The Human Record, "Socrates refused to accept the answers of tradition and the way of the past as infallible guides to wisdom and behavior" (Human Record 115). To members of Athenian society, this refusal was completely unacceptable. Even worse to his fellow citizens was Socrates' desire to spread his knowledge and his tendency to encourage others to follow him on his "uncompromising search for truth and goodness of soul" aside from religion (Human Record 119). For his devotion to science, rational thought, secularism, and defiance of religion as life's sole purpose, Socrates' fellow citizens condemned him to death.
42), and “I was born a god” (ln.63). These statements reflect Dionysus’s ignorance to who he is, and the forgotten Greek sentiment of “know thy self”. It is not only the audience who recognizes that Dionysus is lacking the ‘ideal” attitude of a god but reasonable characters of the play will pick up on this as well. ... ... middle of paper ... ...trated this by betraying the trust that people had in men and the gods with his foolish and reckless action against Cadmus and his family. Dionysus refuted rational thinking by letting his emotions for revenge stand in the way of his contemplating how a god should behave.
Oedipus Rex”, by Socrates, is a play that shows the fault of men and the ultimate power of the gods. Throughout the play, the main character, Oedipus, continually failed to recognize the fault in human condition, and these failures let to his ultimate demise. Oedipus failed to realize that he, himself was the true answer to the riddle of the Sphinx. Oedipus ignored the truth told to him by the oracles and the drunk at the party, also. These attempts to get around his fate which was determined by the gods was his biggest mistake.
Dionysus is not a god who Socrates could respect because his actions challenge Socrates’ beliefs. Dionysus deems gods most important and lets this fuel his revenge on the city of Thebes, which challenges the idea of piety and a pure soul being the most important things in life. Dionysus and Euthyphro represent the same character and the comparison shows how Socrates would respond to Dionysus as a god based on how he responds to Euthyphro and the jury in Euthyphro and Apology. Dionysus obsesses over being accepted as a god. He begins his dialogue with “I’ve arrived here in the land of Thebes” (Euripides, 1).
Plato's Apology At the elderly age of seventy, Socrates found himself fighting against an indictment of impiety. He was unsuccessful at trial in the year 399 B.C. The charges were corrupting the youth of Athens, not believing in the traditional gods in whom the city believed, and finally, that he believed in other new divinities. In Plato's Apology, Socrates defends himself against these charges. He claims that the jurors' opinions are biased because they had probably all seen Aristophanes' comedy The Clouds.
On the other hand, Antigone believed in the divine laws of the gods that those who... ... middle of paper ... ...versial question of who is the tragic hero is answered with King Creon. Sophocles’ tragedy Antigone puts King Creon in the spotlight of the tragic hero because of his unyielding pride which blinds him from recognizing his mistake earlier. When he does realize his mistake, it is too late—he has lost his loved ones and now lives in despair. Furthermore, Antigone’s character was not as developed as King Creon because she never reached perpeteia or anagnorisis; she was headstrong in her determination to abide to the divine laws. Antigone teaches us that “There is no happiness where there is no wisdom… [that] Big words are always punished,/ And proud men in old age learn to be wise” (Sophocles et al.
Socrates implies at the beginning of his speech that his fate is doomed because the people who judge him believe in the persuasive falsehoods and won’t be willing to listen to the truth. The death of Socrates also reveals the internal fallacy in Athenian democracy. The consequence of a recalcitrant philosophy stands against the whole city is written, because the gulf between the belief of the society and the philosophy is impassible. Socrates’s way of living seems to be unreasonable for most people, and as the same time is not suitable for the proper operation of society which doesn’t want civilians to question the essence of life. However, Socrates shifts the focus of philosophy from the heaven to the earth.
Socrates also taught Pheidippides that Greek Gods should not be credited (Aristophanes 247). These examples provide the foundation for Meletus’ new accusation that Socrates does injustice by corrupting the youth. During this time, the youth respected the elderly and worshipped the Greek Gods and Goddesses. Pheidippides’ physical condemnation of his father suggests that he neither respects nor honors his father, which goes against societal virtues and norms. From Meletus’ point of view, Socrates “corrupted the young” by teaching dishonor to one’s elders and disbelief of the Gods.
Either way, if there were others, who showed more disrespect, and outright mockery towards the gods, why were they not punished, what made Socrates so dangerous to the Athenians? Meletus claims that Socrates is an atheist in the affidavit, that he teaches others to believe not in the typical Olympian gods but in other gods and demigods. However the defi... ... middle of paper ... ... corrupted testify against him? Unless the only people who consider these youth to be corrupted do not know what Socrates taught these people? Works Cited Plato The Apology http://classics.mit.edu/Plato/apology.html (accessed Septermber 24, 2011).