The Apology Of Plato 's Apology

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In the “Apology,” Socrates seems disobedient, disrespectful and even boastful as he speaks to the magistracy. In “Crito,” however, Socrates is found sleeping soundly as he patiently awaits his punishment – death. It seems that Plato’s works paint two entirely contradicting portraits of his mentor. Yet, it was not a contradiction for Socrates to refuse Crito’s help to leave Athens and avoid punishment, because the alternative penalties or escape would compromise Socrates lifestyle, and since he failed to persuade the assembly during the trial, it would only be fair for him to accept the only punishment he allowed Athens to inflict upon him. After the assembly votes Socrates guilty, he is sentenced to death. Socrates refuses to accept any alternatives to being put to death, apart from his own ‘punishment’ for the assembly to consider. First, Socrates argues that imprisonment would leave him a “slave” to the different individuals who would run the prison over the years. Banishment is also rejected because Athens would have been the only city to accept his practices, and now that they won’t he would be left “wandering from city to city, and continuingly being expelled.” Most surprisingly, or rather, most obviously, he also rejects being free, but being barred from practicing philosophy saying, “I cannot hold my peace because that would be to disobey the god.” Initially, rejecting this sentence seems irrational, but by accepting this punishment Socrates would no longer be of…

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