Throughout this paper, I argued that Socrates is a martyr, because he spent his entire life preparing for death and explained to his friends that there is nothing to fear about death, because, in the end, our souls will live on. Ultimately, Socrates takes the poison earlier than necessary, not to commit suicide, but rather in light of his friends. He did this so that they could understand that dying really means our soul continues on to live. I found Socrates’ martyrdom very inspiring and worthy of praise. For someone to die for the sake of someone else displays true character.
That death was only the body remaining and his soul being set free. Not like other philosophers that preach the same thing, but in the moment of death they become cowards about it. Socrates in the other hand stood by his words till the very end, like a true philosopher. Although some may say that such actions prove nothing in regards to Socrates being a true philosopher and thinking as such. The greatest and most significant action that describes Socrates as always thinking and acting as a philosopher is dying for philosophy.
At this point Cebes admits that he now completely agrees with all of Socrates’ arguments. Socrates concludes that because the soul is immortal, how we live our lives will have eternal consequences. He states that those who lived a neutral life will spend a time after death being punished for their wrongdoings and rewarded for their good doings eventually to return to the Earth. Those that lived a horrible life would be sent to ‘Tartarus’ and to never return. Those who lived a good life will go to the true surface of Earth which he describes as being marvelous.
It is assumed that this statement is true, and validation for that assumption is to be sought as well. So, first, why does Socrates make such a bold statement? Verily it is nothing short of his own death sentence. The people who accused and voted against Socrates, have decreed it that he is to die for impiety toward the gods and of corrupting the youth (Plato), in addition, it is known that Socrates has as a companion of sorts a "prophetic voice" to keep his philosophical endeavors regulated. Socrates himself states that this presence has not opposed him at an... ... middle of paper ... ... is safely sustained.
Socrates, although sentenced to death, can have no evil occur to him because he is a good man protected by the gods. Socrates' idea that a good ma... ... middle of paper ... ...ape, Socrates produces another excuse to be sentenced to death. Plato's The Apology serves as a way to examine ourselves and promotes us to question in the pursuit of enhancing our lives. To harm others is worse than to be harmed ourselves, damaging our souls verses damaging our physical beings. In order to live a good life, it is important that we reflect on our lives to avoid a life of ignorance.
The speaker knows that death is a apart of life that cannot be evaded. Dickenson states "Because I could not stop for death / He kindly stopped for me" (1-2). The speaker is referring to how he or she had hopes of having an immortal life in the physical world. The use of the word kindly shows that the speaker views death as something that shouldn’t be feared. There is an optimistic approach that is being taken by the speaker as it relates
Socrates death brings him and his fellow philosophers Cebes, Simmions, Phaedo, and Plato into a perplex dialogue about this notion of an afterlife and what does one have to look forward to after death. Death is defined as the separation of the body from the soul. In The Phaedo death has two notions a common one which is the basic idea that the soul dies and the physical, idea that the soul separates from the body after death. “The soul is most like that which is divine, immortal intelligible, uniform, indissoluble, and ever self-consistent and invariable, whereas body is most like that which human, mortal is, multiform, unintelligible, dissoluble, and never self-consistent.” (Phaedo) According to Socrates, knowledge is not something one came to understand but it was actually imprinted on the soul. Knowledge to Socrates was an unchanging eternal truth, something that could not... ... middle of paper ... ...s safe to say that the mind is capable of wondering what something of beauty, perfection, or a perfect circle appears to be.
Each of these poems are different their themes, tones, and rhyme schemes, but they both show how the author perceives death. “Thanatopsis” shows death as something that should be embraced while “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” shows death as something that should be confronted. Death is a major fear that many people have, and these two poems both show ways that this fear can be conquered.
Religion and Death People often turn to religion when faced with death. “The most common determining factor influ... ... middle of paper ... ...p people to categorize and understand their feelings. It is important to note that these stages do not always occur in order. For example, someone’s initial response to a person’s death can be anger and then later denial. Dealing with death is a complex and difficult process.
Socrates also explains to Cebes that we are servants to Gods and should be happy to be their servants and show gratitude for being so. Socrates then added how a philosopher should not coward when death arrives, even after their entire life they prepared for death, it is simply illogical to do so. This idea relates to the doctrine of the soul and its relation to the body by how death separates the soul from the mortal body. Being a philosopher, distancing oneself from bodily and mortal pleasures such as alcohol, sex, or fancy items, can help the transition from one 's soul to leave its body. Socrates does his best to distance himself from the distractions of the body that try to influence the mind to lead his reason astray.