Cicero And Montaigne's Beliefs Of The Acts Of A Friend

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Acts of a Friend
Everyone in life develops at least one friendship in their lifetime, some stronger than others. In some cases a friend might ask for a favor that would be considered immoral. Cicero and Montaigne express their opinions toward this situation and how a true friend would act through the story of Blossius and Tiberius Gracchus. Both come to the same conclusion but they have different reasons as to why they hold that position.
The story of Blossius and Tiberius Gracchus is that Blossius is asked if he would burn down the capital for his friend Gracchus. He responds that he would do it for him if he had asked. Cicero and Montaigne may have different views of friendships, but they both came to the similar conclusion, that Blossius
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Montaigne believes that you should have faith that a friend would not ask an immoral favor from you. When it comes to Blossius and Gracchus’s situation, Montaigne says Blossius is a good friend but believes that he has committed wrong. A belief that was brought up in this entry, is that a true friendship is much more than just having similar taste, virtue, and care, “souls are mingled and confounded in so universal a blending that the efface the seam which joins them together so that it cannot be found. If you press me to say why I loved him, I feel that it cannot be expressed except by answering: 'Because it was him: because it was I” (Montaigne 192). From this quote of Montaigne and the way he views his friend who has already passed on, you can see that he values the emotional, spiritual,mental, and quality of a connection with someone. He also agree that a friendship like that, there should not be a need to help in that type of matter, “That absolute concurrence of affections is no other than one soul in two bodies (according to that very proper definition of Aristotle), they can neither lend nor give anything to one another” (Montaigne 194). When compared to Cicero, their approaches toward friends and Blossius’s situation are different because Cicero value the overall virtue of friends rather than what Montaigne value, which revolves around compassion and happiness of the
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