The Disasters Caused by Isolation Comparison Essay by Nicky

The Disasters Caused by Isolation
A comparison of the isolation of Socrates in "Apology" by Plato, and Moshe the Beadle, in "Night" by Elie Wiesel.
# 128914 | 1,104 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Aug 17, 2010 in History (Greek and Roman) , Holocaust Studies (General)

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The paper describes how Socrates in Plato's "Apology" and Moshe the Beadle in Elie Wiesel's "Night" were both isolated physically and mentally by their communities; Socrates was charged with corruption of the youth, while Moshe the Beadle was thought to have lost his mind and was regarded as a foreigner. The paper further shows how Socrates and Moshe the Beadle tried to improve the lives in their communities, but they were isolated and ignored, with the end result that they and their communities suffered.

From the Paper:

"In the Apology, when Socrates tried to discover the truth about himself, and to bring enlightenment to Athenian citizens, he was put in jail. The community was afraid that if they did not eliminate him, he would cause trouble to society by providing new ideas about how to live better. Socrates' main goal was to let people know the meaning of reality and knowledge. He wanted to improve people's lives by leading them to the truth. He tried to give people a technique to find the truth. That technique was: examine, question, and come to a logical conclusion. It can be seen in his trial that Socrates examined all of the evidence. He states, "After long consideration, I thought of a method of trying the question" (Plato, 21c). Socrates did not jump to a conclusion without consideration of other factors or without questioning the evidence. He tried to help people achieve self-awareness."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Clarke,
  • Cumming,
  • Frostburg,
  • Wiesle, Elie. Night. Bantam Books, 1960.

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