Plato The Apology Analysis

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The Apology tells the story of the trial Socrates is placed on as a result of the government officials believing that his creation of false idols has resulted in corruption of the youth of Athens. While the religious leaders view his actions as disrespectful, Socrates believes that it is his duty to offer clarification upon the “wisdom” these leaders of the society had to offer. Ironically, the word “apology” serves as an expression of regret in the English language; however, it is derived from the Greek “apologia,” which translates as a defense or justification of belief. Thus, I believe that Plato strategically calls this piece of writing “apology” in order to symbolize the various and opposing perspectives that can be associated with one…show more content…
Plato believed that politics served as only a guide for statesmen, people of high prominence who are wise, skillful, and proficient in the principles of government, which essentially made him an elitist. Plato’s main objective was to create a perfect society, a utopia. In Plato’s utopian society, he promotes class systems that have their own goals and objectives. The highest level consists of those who are the society’s policy makers and they have the responsibility of being wise and good rulers. The select few who know what is best for society. Plato believes that the highest class in society should represent and govern the people because of their skills and ability to produce and ensure a perfect society. Furthermore, I believe that good governance should consist of governing and controlling, freedom, justice and encourage…show more content…
Furthermore, the decision to stop Socrates’s “antics” seems to be a permanent way to solve a temporary problem. The court was under the impression that the death of Socrates would result in the conclusion of his teachings; however, Socrates became a martyr and his teachings became immortal. In conclusion, I believe the government officials wanted some sort of remorse from Socrates because he challenged their authority, exposed their lack of knowledge and ultimately embarrassed them. They all felt threated and inferior due to his more impactful method of teaching. Had Socrates been willing to be silent and not spoken up, “his perpetual discussions, that unsettled everybody’s mind in this time of danger to the state, the jury would have undoubtedly have let him go,”
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