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Socrates: The Wise Man in Apology by Plato

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In Apology by Plato, a man named Socrates is put on trial for trumped-up charges. These charges are, “Socrates is a criminal and meddles in matters where he has no business. He’s always poking under the earth and up in the sky. He makes the worse case look better; and he teaches this sort of stuff to others” (Plato 1). In response to this, Socrates gives his defense, which is not used for defending himself, but for saving the Athenians. Socrates does not care if he survives or not; he just wants to share his story with the Athenians. He uses many ways to convey his point. When Socrates is given the death sentence, he is not afraid. He does not care if the Athenians kill him or not. “But I didn’t think then that because I was in danger I ought to do anything unworthy of a free person; nor do I now regret defending myself the way I did. I would much rather die for that sort of defense than to live after giving the other sort” (Plato 8). Socrates would rather die than prevaricate to get himself out of his predicament. He says that he does not regret defending himself. He had no qualm about dying for his cause. He puts emphasis on “nor do I now regret defending myself”. Socrates has no regrets, and he wants the Athenians to know that. Socrates later says, “But now it’s time to leave, time for me to die and for you to live” (Plato 11). Socrates does not seem bothered or anxious. His tone does not indicate any stress, revealing that he is okay with his fate. He says “now it’s
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