Literary Speech By Socrates

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Despite Socrates’ critique of the literary speech of poets, Socrates himself makes use of literary imagery. One of the first discussions Socrates had about poets focused on poet’s use of imitation and violent accounts in their tales."With one tongue they all chant that moderation and justice are fair but hard and full of drudgery, while intemperance and injustice are sweet and easy to acquire, and shameful only by opinion and law”(364a). The discussion of poets continues with Glaucon and Adeimantus as they focus on the significance of education. The men question what to do about the young men are exposed to the tales of the poets, emphasizing that children especially are easily impressionable; therefore precautions must be taken for tales…show more content…
In this city, each individual had their duty and was to hold mostly everything in common, including children. The Myth of Metals claimed that citizens born had a type of metal that existed within their souls. The different metals determined their status. Bronze and iron were the producers, the auxiliary had silver, and the highest ranking guardians or rulers had gold. “For there not to be any doubt among the city about the ruler(s), Socrates suggest that there should be a myth to ensure order. “...’but the god, in fashioning those of you who are competent to rule, mixed gold in at their birth…”(415a). The city will rise or fall depending on whether individuals are able to do/what best fits their nature. By establishing this hierarchical idea it would be unlikely for the people would question those of ruling status. The way the government is structured so that people have to understand their place; the noble lie allows people to recognize that and not be attached, Justice is public while love is private. “All of you in the city are certainly brothers’, we say to them in the telling tale, ‘but the god, in fashioning those of you who are competent to rule, mixed gold in at their birth; this is why they are most honored; in auxiliaries, silver; iron and bronze in the farmers and other craftsmen”(415a) The next story up is the allegory of
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