Crito Essay

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     CRITO Crito, as reported by Plato, is an account by where Crito is attempting to influence Socrates that it is just to escape from prison to avoid certain death by execution. Socrates' argument directly relates to the laws of the state and the role of the individual within it. The "Crito" exhibits the character of Socrates as a good citizen, who being unjustly condemned is willing to give up his life in obedience to the laws of the State. This report will discuss the major elements in Socrates' argument, regarding the injury and injustice he would cause by escaping from prison prior to his execution. Further discussion will be centered around Socrates' ability to maintain this ideology despite his…show more content…
Socrates rational could therefore bring a lasting effect to the people’s loyalty to the laws and how they are adhered to now and in the future. Hence Socrates was looking out for the betterment of the Polis. By not adhering to the imposed judgement he would be bring an injustice to the State which he has dedicated his life and service to. Crito argued that in the opinion of many people, both Socrates and his friends will be severely criticized if he does not make an attempt to escape. Socrates argues in defense of this position by calling attention to the danger that is associated with following public opinion. He illustrates that the opinion of some should be regarded and the opinion of others should be disregarded. Additionally, by his escaping, it would be of no benefit to him, his entrusted friends or family, as it would undoubtedly cause them injury. Those who would have assisted in his escape would have likely been driven into exile, lose their personal property and perhaps their citizenship. As for him personally, departing to a neighboring city would be problematic as he would be regarded as an enemy and looked upon as a corrupter of the laws. Even moving to the less well-governed State of Thessaly would be of no more benefit. Despite the support of Crito’s friends, the citizens would ridicule him for his Hypocreaceae. Socrates and Crito are both in unanimity that the sentence was in fact unjust. Therefore, Crito is of the opinion that it
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