Analysis Of Plato 's ' Ladder Of Love ' Essay

714 Words Sep 17th, 2014 3 Pages
Unlike the body, the soul is immortal. It is a form, or perhaps an idea that dictates the ideals of beauty. Unlike the soul, the body inevitably changes through body modifications, stress, health-related situations, and time. Soul, beauty, love, and the body are all intertwined together, even if the ideas contradict each other, like the ideas of the soul and the body. While one is immortal, the other is mortal. These relationships between the soul and the body, and love and beauty are well depicted in Plato’s Symposium: “Ladder of Love”, as Plato alludes to the steps in obtaining the true beauty. Plato refers to both physical and metaphysical characteristics to claim his perception of the relationship to Love and beauty and body and soul. In his Symposium: “Ladder of Love,” Plato conveys his perceptions through Diotima as she discreetly shares the steps to properly acquire the true perception of the Form of Beauty to Socrates. Each rung of the ladder, he claims, has its particular significance, and in order to ascend to the next, one must completely understand the significance of the current rung. The size, the shape, the posture, the symmetry, the proportions, the particular features all correlate to the first rung: Rung of the Particular Bodies. The first rung is the foundation and is based solely on the physical being, especially of a particular body. It is the husk of the being that determines the beauty. Does he or she have a clear skin? Is he or she overweight? Does he…

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