What Characteristics Define A True Friendship? Essay

2250 Words Mar 4th, 2015 9 Pages
In this essay I will express what characteristics define a true friendship. This paper will include specific relationships which can be considered as a friendship. The essay will also provide examples of the flaws in a friendship and how some of these friendships will not last long. The positive relationships of a friendship conclude of a good man being friends with the good, the one who loves the friend of the one who is loved, a friend who loves may be hated by the other person, and opposites are friends. I will then determine which relationship I feel has the qualities to be everlasting and beneficial in a friendship. There will be only one friendship out of the options that will be a significant key factor to friendship while the other options are excluded.
The relationship of good people being friends with the good is somewhat accurate due to good people being of the same they tend to attract each other. In the text Socrates states “But maybe a good man is a friend to another good man in so far as he’s good, not in so far as he’s similar to him” (Lysis 215a) Socrates perspective of friends that are good allows them to benefit from each other although they tend to both be good. In a friendship it should be beneficial in order for the two to learn from each other. For example Menexenus and Lysis, are two young men that have a fortunate friendship and are both considered to be good but they are not similar. The traits that make the two young men different are that Lysis…

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