The Noble Lie in Plato´s The Republic

1438 WordsFeb 4, 20186 Pages
In The Republic Book 3, Plato uses a fictional character named Socrates to argue that people in society must be handpicked to rule as well as also handpicking people to become ruled in order to confirm there will be no disagreements over who is leading. He essentially claims choosing what every citizen does with their life is necessary for creating a steady and working structure in society. This theory of telling people what they were destined to do in life is known as the “noble lie.” It tells everyone a “religious lie” that people all originate from the same place and are siblings of each other, an attempt to convince everyone to get along regardless of their social class. Personally I do not believe that Plato’s arguments in his book are correct and that the use of a “noble lie” would not work in society. The “noble lie” begins with dividing the people of a city into three different categories of social classes known as guardians, auxiliaries, and producers. The guardians are the highest class and would be considered as the rulers of the city. The auxiliaries are what would be considered nowadays as the middle class and are warriors who dedicate themselves to fight and protect the people of the area they live in. Last but not least are producers who are farmers that primarily make up the lower class. The lie goes on to claim that people cannot control their social status through their hard work and dedication, but their place in life is a decision chose by God when they
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