The Truth Of Courage : Socrates, Oedipus, And Antigone

2414 Words Dec 1st, 2014 10 Pages
Amanda Critelli
Philosophy and Literature
Final Paper
David Bollert
December 1st, 2014 The Truth of Courage Courage is often a measure of our self-esteem and will, seen as a great subject for ancient Greeks. It is what makes us individuals different from others, showing what we believe and the power of belief over our will. In Greek literature it can often be seen as the difficult path—an unconscious act of boldness, but before all it is the conscious decision of a person to act despite the danger. Socrates, Oedipus, and Antigone all manifest courage in their own ways. It can be displayed by human and divine acts of courage. One might focus more on self-sacrifice for the good of others, while another for a personal gain or explanation. Ultimately there is no courage without risk. Socrates was one of the first intellectuals in human history. He is the renowned philosopher of ancient Greece, who was known as the most courageous and brave man, by all who followed him. In his wisdom, Socrates truly believed "that a life without examination is not worth living.” Socrates was surrounded by people who were totally devoted to him; who loved, respected, and admired him. Crito and his comrade’s wanted Socrates to run away to safety and begged him to leave Athens to preserve his life. However, Socrates chose to face his death penalty in the same fashion he had lived his life, with a clarity of spirit and lacking fear. In fact, he states that death is a “blessing”. Socrates had…

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