Socrates Speech Analysis

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fighting for in court. Not only does he refute Meletus’ claims, but he accuses him of evil doing, saying that he brings men to court over problems he has no interest in. Socrates confirms this point when he cross examines Meletus and finds inconsistencies; the points Meletus stresses about Socrates not believing in Gods and being a corrupter of youth are disproved when Socrates explains that he does technically believe in a God and that youth do not have one sole corrupter. This part of the speech once again emphasizes the point of those who are unwise speaking about that which they do not know. Meletus does not feel personally affected by Socrates “crimes” but takes him to court based on second person accounts and his own personal biases. …show more content…
Beginning in the first part of the speech, Socrates speaks on the new and old accusers and states that due to “envy and malice”, have chosen to create rumours about and slander Socrates. After recounting the tale of his visit to the oracle of Delphi, Socrates also speaks on the elders who accuse him of corrupting the youth but cannot substantiate their claims because they do not truly understand why they are fighting or why they are so personally offended by what he teaches. The people who file these complaints grow angry at their intelligence being questioned and also feel uncomfortable as their foundation. In the context of philosophy, this argument is essential. To truly practice philosophy, one must be okay with having their previous knowledge questioned and must be okay with feeling uncomfortable at times. Socrates simultaneously stands for the tenets of philosophy, the practice and also criticizes the state of man and the fragility of mans’ …show more content…
On multiple occasions, Socrates states that he does not fear death, as he does not know if it is good or bad and to assume would be pretending to know the unknown (a pretence of wisdom), and that no matter the consequences, he will continue to practice philosophy. Socrates believed that his questioning and debating were his vocation and that he was sent by God to influence the minds of Athens. In his speech, Socrates attempts to relate to the jury by using figures they understand such as the heroes of Troy and the son of Thetis, people who have lay down their life for what they believed to be a worthy cause. In Socrates mind, it would be disgraceful to abandon his ways of life simply because he was faced with death, which to him was not a scary thing. Once again, this connects Socrates defence with the greater issue that is philosophy. Practicing philosophy is by no means an easy task as many people do not wish to look deeper into their lives and are too proud to admit their knowledge is faulty. As was stated in a previous paragraph, man often gets angry or even violent, when his beliefs are brought into question. Despite the obvious physical danger and the general disdain of society, philosophers like Socrates continue to practice because they believe in the betterment of ones soul and the overall

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