The Apology Of Socrates And The Republic Of Plato

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Over the years of my highschool and college education, I have read the “Apology of Socrates” and “The Republic of Plato” four times. Every time I read these two texts, I come out of the experience with something new. There is just so much information in these two books that you are never able to catch all the little details and hidden meanings. I imagine that even if I read these books hundreds of times, I still wouldn’t have grasped all that I was intended to. I think the reason behind this is because Socrates’ personality is so complex, and you never fully understand exactly what he’s trying to say. Nothing about Socrates is concrete, and that is because he never says what is on his mind. Instead he just asks questions, and perhaps hints at what he is thinking about but never says it himself. This always leaves me in such a confused state, trying to guess if his hints are genuine or if they are part of some type of reverse psychology, or even if he just wants us to think that they are part of reverse psychology. Trying to decipher the language of Socrates is a difficult task for the most part. As I mentioned earlier, Socrates’ personality is extremely complex, more than our brains can imagine. The most important characteristic he owns would probably be his ability to steer a conversation as he pleases. I never see Socrates in a speechless state where he has trouble finding the right words to say. He is constantly the person in control of a conversation, no matter how many people are involved. In “The Republic of Plato”, Socrates is always the center of the conversation. He has his fingers wrapped around everyone in the room. Even when we get the idea that he is trying to avoid a certain topic, Socrates always knows the right t... ... middle of paper ... ...tead, been a respected figure in the Athenian Government. Socrates was not guilty of any of the proposed accusations and even if he was, the death sentence wasn’t the appropriate punishment. Even though I view Socrates’ death as unjust, I do believe that it did do society a favor. His death opened the eyes of many Athenians, and caused people like Plato, Xenophon, and Aristotle to take interest in his life. Socrates’ tragic death was probably his way of giving the people an example of injustice, In Socrates’ defense, I can’t help but think that he purposely did a bad job. Socrates was probably the only person who could have talked the Athenian Government out of giving him the death sentence. I think he purposely failed at doing that so his life would go down in history. I personally do not believe that he failed at his defense, but succeeded because he wanted to die.
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