Socrates Last Speech Analysis

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Socrates last speech Socrates was one of the greatest ancient Athenian philosopher and one of the founders of Western philosophy; he was very famous for creating an argument about ethical concepts and questioning about supernatural powers. Most of Socrates works was collected and wrote by his students like Plato. Socrates was put on a trial as he was charged by his accusers because he was responsible for corrupting the youth. Plus, his impious acts because he does not believe in the gods that the city acknowledges as he introduced new deities and new ideas about gods. During the trial Socrates divided the audience into two groups his accusers and his supporters, and he said different words for each of them. Even though, Socrates during his…show more content…
However, when the judge asked the jury to vote for the penalty; ''The jury votes in favor of the death penalty, 360 to 140'' (Woods, Ryan).This time the margin was greater because Socrates refused to give up about his philosophy and ideas about the gods. Socrates made his last speech before being led off to prison. In his last speech he divided the audience between accusers and followers. He blamed his accusers by ''putting to death Socrates, a wise man—they say I am wise, even if I am not''(Woods, Ryan) ,and he said if you have waited I will die anyway because I am an old man in seventy ,and If you have a patience I will die without any help (Woods, Ryan). Socrates by his words wanted to affect the jury and gain the mercy for not putting him to a death and change a penalty instead. However, Socrates asking for the mercy was not because he had no other choice, but to put impudence on the court decision. Socrates was able to win the case if he had practiced Sophistry, but he chosen to tell a truth instead of saying shameful things that other people say it during a trail to avoid a penalty. Moreover, Socrates prophesied that there will be others people to take his position after his death anyway. After all, it is not the particular person who created an issue, but the activity of Philosophy itself was
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