The Function Of Troy And Socrates From Plato's Apology

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The term motivation is derived from the Latin word which implies to move. It is the act of stimulating someone or oneself to get a desired course of action, to push the right button to get the desired action. Motivation gives us reasons to why we do the things that we do in life. Having motivation gives people the desire to do certain needs and goals. Without motivation, you will not be successful without out. Two people, Hector from the movie Troy and Socrates from Plato’s Apology, are motivated by the love of their country. Hector is motivated by the love of his country during war while Socrates is motivated by the love of his country politically and philosophically. First, Hector is motivated by his country in a variety of ways. Agamemnon …show more content…
Look what he did to us today! I don’t care about the man’s allegiance; I care about his ability to win battles! Hector fights for his country! Achilles fights only for himself!” Throughout the movie, you can see that Hector fights for his country. He is willing to do anything to help his country succeed. Hector might sometimes disagree with his family, but he remains loyal to them. Hector said in the movie, "All my life I have lived by a code, and the code is simple; honor the gods, love your woman, and defend your country. Troy is mother to us all. Fight for her!" Hector respects and honors the gods and knows that there would be consequences if you don’t. Hector in one scene of the movie, shouted out “For Troy!”, which is another example how his country motivates him unlike Achilles, who only fight for himself and to earn fame. The war in Troy was started because his brother Paris started having a secret love affair with Menelaus ' wife, Queen Helen, and eventually took her away from Menelaus and back to Troy. When Paris told his brother Hector, Hector was frustrated at him because he knew there was going to be trouble Troy and the Greeks. Hector at this point had loved his …show more content…
Socrates was charged with impiety by Meletus, Anutus, and Lycon. They wanted the death penalty for Socrates. Socrates defies the jury for his love for philosophy which he teaches other young men in his country. At the beginning of his defense, Socrates mentioned that there have been reports that he takes money from students, which is not true (21). He said that there is a man Evenus the Priam, who charge five minae. Socrates teaches for no money because he was a self-made scholar and believed that knowledge should be taught for free. Throughout his defense, he said, “you shall hear from me the whole truth (19).” Using examples about how his country does things, motivated him to use the truth to defend himself. Socrates claims that he is not concerned with what to most others is so important: money, property, military and political functions and all the other offices, clubs and political parties. Socrates had fought for his county and had brought it up during his defense. He said, ‘Strange, indeed, would be my conduct, O men of Athens, if I who when I was ordered by the general whom you chose to command me at Potidaea and Amphipolis and Delium, remained where they placed me, like any other man, facing death (30)” Socrates is one of the best educators in his country. During his defense he said, “I am a gadfly which God has given the state, and all day long and in all places am always fastening upon you, arousing and

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