Platos Apology Essay

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Plato’s Apology is a narrative of the famous speech of Socrates that is made during his trial. Instead of apologizing, Socrates attempts to defend himself and his actions. He is put on trial due to his accusations of corrupting Athens, not acknowledging the same gods as the state, and creating new gods. During his dialogue, Socrates remains very calm and speaks with honesty. He focuses on what is said rather than his manner of speech.
When he is first presented in from of the jury, Socrates asks them if they will hear him in the same dialect in which he is familiar with. Being his first court appearance, he is not accustomed to the language of the jury. Socrates spent most of his lifetime in the marketplace. This caused him to use
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He uses a strategy in his speech as his warns the court that it will be to their advantage if they listen to him. For Socrates “does not think it is permitted that a better man be harmed by a worse” (The Apology, 30d1). He states that they can execute him, or even kill him, but the main damage will be done onto themselves. For having a man banished unjustly will be a burden to the city of Athens. Also, they will never find another man like Socrates. Socrates explains that he was sent down as a gift from the god. Therefore, if the jury punishes him, they will be disgracing the god.
In order to enrich his argument, Socrates compares himself to a gadfly and the Athenian state to a noble, but lazy horse. A gadfly is constantly lingering around a horse, buzzing and stinging, just as Socrates is always moving throughout the city, striking up conversation. Although it may be irritating, a gadfly will keep a horse from falling asleep. Socrates claims that similarly to a gadfly, his presence may be agitating, but the state of Athens will benefit from it. His services keep the state from becoming sluggish and careless, and will eventually waken it into productive action. This analogy shows that rather than viewing himself as a corruptor of the youth, as that state

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