The Trial And Death Of Socrates, By Plato
Citro states “Have no such fear. It is not much money that some people require to save you and get you out of here . . . I do not think that what you are doing is just, to give up your life when you can save it, and to hasten your fate as you enemies would hasten it, and indeed have hasten it in their wish to destroy you. Moreover, I think you are betraying your sons by going away and leaving them when you could bring them up and educate them” (Plato 45). Citro does not believe that what Socrates is doing is the right thing to do. His enemies put him in prison and not breaking free means that they win, Citro tries to convince Socrates to let him break Socrates out of prison by bringing up the point that he is leaving his sons behind, and the fact that he has the money to get him out of prison, it is not a problem for him. He feels that if he does not get him out of prison that he will end up looking cheap, because he has the money to do so. Socrates turns down Citro’s offer, because he believes that his trial was fair. He also believes that if he breaks the law that others will follow him. However, people have and continue to break the laws before and after Socrates time. What makes him think that if he breaks free that others will follow. Does this mean that Socrates really does think that he has made an impact on people even when he claims that he has not?