Analysis Of The Gorgias

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“There have been a few times this past week when all I wanted to do was just to curl up with a good book or our dogs and never leave the house again.” In her first speech since losing the 2016 Presidential Election, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton perfectly summarized the feelings of millions of Democrats, who, after volunteering countless hours for Hillary Clinton and other Democrats, were left in complete despair when they saw the results of the 2016 Election: Republicans controlled both Houses of Congress, nearly two thirds of State Legislatures and Governors, and a man who they felt to be hateful, abusive, and grossly unqualified was elected President of the United States. Following these electoral failures and the feelings of despair …show more content…
Earlier in the dialogue, when Plato is debating with the orator Gorgias, after whom the dialogue is named, Plato compares oratory to “pastry baking,” as he says that if a doctor and a pastry baker were giving speeches as to what food is best for people, the pastry baker would always win even though the doctor is more knowledgeable and is correct. As a result, Plato makes the argument that what people prefer at the time is not always what is best for them; if this theory is correct, then the politicians who are successful would be those who are able to sound appealing and propose uncontroversial policies that appeal to as many people as possible, not those who have the best interest of the populace in mind. However, Socrates provides a solution to this problem: oratory “of getting the souls of the citizens to be as good as possible and of striving valiantly to say what is best, whether the audience will find it more pleasant or more unpleasant —- is something admirable.” Socrates says that the people of ancient Athens have “never seen oratory of this kind;” however, many would argue that the people of the United States have seen oratory of this kind, that of politicians putting the best interest of the people ahead of popularity, and that when they see it, they actually prefer

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