Plato´s The Symposium and it theme Compared to the French Song La Vie En Rose

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Life is pink, or so says Louis Armstrong’s version of Edith Piaf’s beautiful French song, La Vie En Rose. Plato is arguably the most famous philosopher from Ancient Greece. The Symposium, one of Plato’s most famous works, is a brilliant piece of literature centered on a group of men telling their own versions of what they believe to be Love. The Goddess of Love however, is the main focus of Plato’s work more so than the act of actually being in love. This becomes the men’s main focal point for the duration of their speeches. Both the story and the song, depict versions of love of Love that are relatively common. In the soft tones of La Vie En Rose, the perfection of what being in love can become is heard clearly. Believing that everything is wonderful and it could never change is a symptom of the rose coloured glasses Armstrong is singing about. Socrates in believes that Love can be both horrible and bad. There are people who believe that love is the solution to all of their problems, and those who believe that there are bad aspects that come with being in love. Hundreds of years apart, and these two men are trying to send different messages about the same subject—love. “When you agree he is neither good nor beautiful, you need not think he is ugly and bad; he could be something in between.” (Plato, P. 23) Socrates is a character whom is famous in his own right. Though it is often believed Plato is using him as a device to speak his own thoughts. Through the rest of the

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