Cicero And Montaigne's View Of Friendship

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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 answer to Tiberius Gracchus query was a response as a friend. Both …show more content…

In Cicero 's argument, he believes that because your friend had the audacity to ask a good friend a favor that is wicked, makes the person who asked an unvirtuous man. If a friend were to accept the favor, the whole virtue of the friendship would be questions, but if a friend denies another friend a favor he would be breaking the laws of friendship, “we must not ask wrongful things, nor do them, if we are asked to. For if a man should declare that he has done a thing of this kind for a friend’s sake, the excuse in ordinary affairs, and especially so if the act was treasonable” (Cicero, 95). Besides virtue, which plays a large role in his argument, a minor quality is the trust within the relationship.I discovered that it is not only about asking the proper questions and favors, but always have faith in your friend that they will see the good in your acts. What I noticed when comparing the two readings, Cicero refers to the virtue of the friendship more than

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