Socrates Vs Crito Analysis

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The dialogue Crito recounts the last days of Socrates of Socrates before his execution was to take place in Athens. In the dialogue Socrates’ friend, Crito, proposes a plan for Socrates to escape from prison. Through the dialogue, Socrates considers the proposal, trying to decide is escaping would be just and morally justified. Both Socrates and Crito present arguments as to whether or not he should escape and the reasons behind each respective decision. After the examination Socrates concludes that the act of escape would be just and he would be morally unjustified and committing the act. The first argument that Crito presents to Socrates brings up the issue of what the majority think. Crito says, “Many people who do not know you or me very well will believe I might have saved you had I been willing to give money, but that I did not care to do so.” (Grude, Pg 47) Crito’s argument is clearly concerned with his own reputation, especially with what the majority…show more content…
He reaffirms his beliefs from the Apology that one must never do wrong. He argues that breaking a commitment and disobeying the state is always doing a wrong. He compares his relationship to the State to relationship with a parent. He argues that the sate looked for his best interest, care d for him and his children, and made him the person that he is. He therefore ought not disobey the State. He furthers his argument by saying that disobeying the State and escaping would be committing a wrong act, and would be an injustice against the people of Athens. He says that if he escaped, he would not be able to live life the same way he was used to living. Also his sons would not be able to grow in Athens and would then be raised by strangers rather than by the State that raised him and has been loyal to him. He emphasizes that although one should not disobey the State, one can always try to persuade the State to improve is as a whole in truth and
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