Rhetorical Analysis Of The Trial And Death Of Socrates By Plato

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In Euthyphro of The Trial and Death of Socrates by Plato, Socrates is visiting the court of Athens to learn about their system and customs. During his investigation, Socrates notices that Euthyphro is passing and engages in a conversation with him by questioning his actions. From this dialogue, it 's discovered that Socrates is being charged with corrupting the young and not believing in the gods of the city. Later, in the Apology, Socrates presents an argument against these accusations but it’s found guilty because of his moral beliefs and his inability of code-switching resulting in his sentence to death. Lastly, Socrate beliefs regarding the death penalty and the laws of Athens are revealed in Crito, as he awaits execution.
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He begins question Socrates’ actions of leaving his family and son without a father figure in their lives. He asks Socrates if he’s fine with failing as a father in the upbringing of his children and their education. Also, Crito informs him that without a father, his children will be treated as orphans and receive an education of low standards. By using such technique, Crito hoped that the use of pathos during their dialogue would trigger the emotions of a nurturing father in Socrate. As a result of this trigger, Socrates would have unquestionably taken the decision to escape prison. Yet, Crito’s method fails because Socrates’ moral value exceeds any relation or bond that he held with anyone. He doesn’t believe that a minor dilemma or wrongdoing of the public should have an influence on his decision. Socrates’ actions are honest and align with the laws of Athens. Socrates’ relationship with the laws must be stronger than those family bonds because they’re more important and an individual should even give up their life for the country if it ever comes to…show more content…
Even when facing death, Socrates choices to follow his sentence and not disobey the law. Prior to this action, Socrates does go against the popular opinion regarding the trial of the soldiers. Instead, of giving one trial to the group as the nation desired, Socrates went against it. Socrates remained loyal to the laws of Athen by stating there must be a trial for each person individually. Because of this loyalty to the laws, Socrates almost lost his life as he’s about to lose it in the present. Socrate prefers to death by drinking poison than breaking the laws to save his life by escaping. Socrates dedication to follow the law is truly admirable. It 's doubtful anyone today, would follow the laws of their nation so firmly as Socrate. There’s no debate that anyone would choose to live than dying in a prison
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