Socrates In Plato's The Story Of Crito

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The Story of Crito by Plato is essentially a dialogue conversation between Crito and Socrates. Socrates is awaiting execution at the hands of the state. Crito has an elaborate plan in place to free Socrates from execution. Crito has paid the prison guard off so that Socrates can escape and has other loyalist to Socrates ready to help him escape and live his life in exile. Socrates is nearly 70 years old at the time and somewhat feels like his life is essentially already over. Crito tells Socrates that he fears that the people of Athens will have negative feelings for him since he is wealthy and would not pay off the guards to allow Socrates to escape. Socrates has a counter argument to this statement by stating that he shouldn’t worry about the opinions of the many. Crito believes that the opinions of the many can result in the life or death of a person and their opinions do in fact matter. Socrates denies this and states that only the opinions of…show more content…
Crito goes further by mentioning that he needs to try and consider his family and others that are willing to do anything for him. In Crito’s final argument he tries to elaborate on how he is taking the easy way out. Essentially calling him a coward and how his actions are the exact result of what his enemy’s want him to do. Socrates decides to debate this matter with the much younger Crito. Socrates explains once again that the opinions of the many truly don’t matter. He uses an analogy about a gymnast and a coach and how the players don’t listen to the audience for pointers. In order for the gymnast to truly be great he must follow the instructions of his coach. In a sense he is trying to tell Crito you need to listen to me and don’t worry about the matters of people because they are just the
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