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This paper explores the meaning of "home" through various texts of noted philosophers and writers through the ages. First, the paper defines home in the context of teaching how one should interact in society on a larger scale. Then, it analyzes this idea as seen in various works, beginning with Plato's "Apology" and "Crito," two of his most famous dialogues that observe the connection between Socrates' beliefs and how this system of belief is reflected in Athenian society. then, it examines Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" noting that the theme of 'dwellings' reflects the darker side of humanity. Lastly, in Achebe's "Things Fall Apart," the paper highlights how the protagonist is faced with the prospect and reality of change. The paper concludes with a discussion about changing traditions.
From the Paper:"The prospect of escaping from prison does not represent a solution because the most important virtue of Athenian government is the rule of law. Socrates invokes the voice of the constitution which preaches that "integrity, institutions and laws are the most precious possessions of mankind." In this sense, he prefers to die as a martyr for a cause he believes in even if his sentence is profoundly unjust. By betraying these laws, he would have to betray his own conscience which dictates him to obey the laws even when unjustly invoked: "Do you imagine that a city can continue to exist and not be turned upside down, if the legal judgments which are pronounced in it have no force but are nullified and destroyed by private persons?" "
"Plato also tackles this theme in "Apology." In fact, probably the central argument in Plato's "Apology" is that one should never betray one's philosophy for any reason, even when his life is at stake: "I will not yield to any man contrary to what is right, for fear of death, even if I should die at once for not yielding." Death should not deter a philosopher from looking for the truth and sharing it with others. "
Sample of Sources Used:
- Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart. Anchor, 1994.
- Conrad, Joseph. Heart of Darkness. Dover Publications, 1990.
- Plato. "Apology." The Collected Dialogues of Plato: Including the Letters. Princeton University Press, 2005.
- Plato. "Crito." The Collected Dialogues of Plato: Including the Letters. Princeton University Press, 2005.
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