A Rhetorical Analysis Of Socrates By Socrates

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During the trial, Socrates talks about an older allegation and a more recent accusation made against him. Socrates explains his unpopularity among some segments of the Athenian society is because lately prosecutors claim, “Socrates is a doer of evil, who corrupts the youth; and who does not believe in the gods of the state, but has other new divinities of his own” (Plato 7). His persuasive speaking is what puts forward the whole truth in his defense. For example, Socrates calls attention to these false charges that prosecutors have slandered his name throughout the years. However, Socrates’ basic message to the people of Athens is to understand the importance of virtue and wisdom. He ensures that the wisdom of people is enhanced through virtue …show more content…
Socrates is clever in the questions he asks because Meletus appears to go against his own word and is making allegations that are completely ridiculous. Meletus’ comments suggest that Socrates is the only person in Athens who is corrupting the youth which lacks validity. It is apparent that Meletus does not fully comprehend the charges he is bringing against Socrates. The conflict between them builds onto Socrates’ other points established in the defense. For instance, Socrates discusses the oracle of Delphi in which Socrates is declared the wisest man in Athens. The story’s main purpose is to share how one broad statement can make a person seem uneducated, but the people of Athens do see why Socrates’ story is relevant in the case. Socrates defends himself well from Meletus by earlier using the oracle of Delphi to show that he is human. The wisdom aspect of the story is what brought the people of Athens to join …show more content…
I consider it important to care for your soul because who knows what happens after death. A person’s soul is unique to them, and it should not be taken granted for because of what the afterlife may hold. I recommend people try to achieve the most they can in one life without causing any mayhem. I believe taking care of the soul means making the right choices provided in a situation rather than executing evil acts. For clarification, a person should look into all details without making a hasty judgement. The people of Athens were overwhelmed with the laws at the time which made peer pressure a key role in Socrates’ conviction. I assume Socrates’ insightful message about caring for the soul came across to the future Athenians. A problem can be solved with the right determination. Overall, I would try to care for my soul by not allowing a problem to stop me from accomplishing my

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