Socrates Speech To The Accusers Analysis

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“How you have felt, O men of Athens, at hearing the speeches of my accusers, I cannot tell; but I know that their persuasive words almost made me forget who I was – such was effect of them; and yet they have hardly spoken a word of truth” (Plato, 399 BC). The Apology recorded by Plato has implicated what Socrates had communicated during his defense to the judges and his accusers. Socrates was ridiculed and charges brought forth to him for corrupting the youth and for his rejection of the city’s deities. In Socrates speech to his accusers and to the judges, he preserves his beliefs in all that he is and that he does and is willing to accept the penalty that is placed upon him, which is death. However; in his speech he does make it clear that he will sacrifice his life on earth for the integrity of truth being spoken. “Men of Athens, I honor and love you; but I shall obey God rather than you, and while I have life and strength I shall never cease from the practice and teaching of philosophy, exhorting whom I meet after my manner, and convincing him, saying” (Plato,…show more content…
Socrates truly believed in his philosophical opinions and of mankind with great care and kindheartedness. He stood up for himself when some did not believe in him or when the slander was so great it almost broke his character. He found his way and was honest and truthful to himself and to others to the very end. The adoration of philosophy and the way he lived his life served perseverance for the greater good of mankind and for him. To do well is virtuous and good for the soul. Being honest and opened regardless of the consequences, he stood by his concepts. During Socrates speech, I believe he knew he may not win his petition. With his courage and beliefs, he still shared his philosophical ways to attest his true being and as a
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