Mr. Devon Woods Essay

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A Trial by Philosophy Devon Woods Brown SGLA 2 15 December 2014 In 399 BC, Plato, a Greek student and philosopher, wrote his interpretation of the trial of his teacher and fellow philosopher, Socrates, 30 years after his trial for the non-accusing to hear. The people of Athens accused Socrates, who made it his life mission to help others and go on the pursuit of wisdom, of atheism and the corruption of young minds due to his indifference to society with distain. Throughout the trial, the defense of Socrates during his trial proves to exemplify rhetoric triangle and utilize persuasive devices. In his defense, the accused masterfully incorporates pathos through human emotion, visual orientation and persuasive elements. In order to extend a glimmering image of his innocence, he ran a current of pathos, which composed of emotions, imagination, and visual orientation. But because he did not want to blend the elements of the heart without producing a compromising image of his ego, he introduced them in the form of a restatement. He did this when he mentioned his children’s existence. During the trial, Socrates talked to the jury with apathy about how he could have “produced his children in court, which was a moving spectacle, together and a host of relations and friends; whereas [Socrates], who probably in danger of [his] life, will do none of these things” during the trial (Plato 10). Although he basically said he would not have brought his children or the idea that the children would not have a father to the jury, his restatement still brought up the fact that they did exist, yet it did not compromise the ego he held with such might. These and other persuasive utilities like this helped Socrates bubble guilt within his jury, but like he conveyed feelings in this uphill battle against the people of Athens, he also conveyed his ethics. Using some of the best

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