"The Apology" by Plato
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The paper explains that Plato, in "The Apology", wanted to explain his old teacher's teachings in a way that put them in a positive light and would therefore repair the memory of Socrates. The paper further explains that Plato also meant it as a revenge against the corrupt officials who had caused the death of a man he held dear. The paper shows how by writing from Socrates' point of view, Plato was able to create sympathy for a man who had been executed for being dangerous to society and was able to cast the accusers in a very negative light.
From the Paper:"Plato came from a family that was prominent in Athenian politics. He did not join politics because he was so outraged at the execution of his friend and teacher, Socrates, in 399 BC. In his work, The Apology, Plato deals with this execution by depicting Socratges as a person who is being treated unjustly. Furthermore, he repeats the claim of his old teacher that he is the wisest person only because he recognizes his own ignorance. In the book, Socrates has been brought up for several charges against him. Socrates sets about proving that his accusers are liars. He discusses how, in an attempt to prove that he was not the wisest man around, he went about interviewing politicians, poets, and craftsmen, causing him to come to the conclusion that these men were not wise because they all thought they knew more than they actually did. Though his caused him to have many enemies, Socrates came to the conclusion that it was his divine duty to teach these people that they are not actually wise."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Plato. (2003). The Apology. Wauconda, IL: Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers.
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