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THE APOLOGY 2 The Apology It is true that Socrates lived a virtue life and that he was accused falsely. The Apology is the speech delivered by Socrates in the court while he was defending himself against the multiple accusations that he faced both formal and tacit charges. The speech signifies that Socrates had fulfilled the duties of his life. A famous metaphor is used to describe whom he was “as upon a great noble horse which was somewhat sluggish because of its size and needed to be stirred up by a kind of gadfly.” He compares himself to a gadfly which a fly that bites and annoys the domestic animals and mentions that he is a gift from the gods and no other man can replace him as he claims that he is helping the citizens/Athenians. 1 Gadflies can be killed by anyone surrounding them, and this is the same case with Socrates as he is bound to be killed by the state. After Socrates is accused by Athenians of being harmful in the society and wanting him killed, he comes up with the metaphor to sum his duty in life. Socrates states that he had dedicated to ensuring that the society lives a good life. He keeps pressing for justice and virtue using his wisdom and philosophy. Socrates annoys the Athens by constantly telling them to awaken as he believes they are lazy when it comes to searching for the truth. In the Apology, Socrates insists that helps the Athens and this makes them doubt of their knowledge due to eth clever way of Socrates cross-examination. Socrates claims that if Athens kill him, they will have a significant loss and they will be harming themselves. In a real sense, what Socrates does for this people is to show that corrupt people lead them. Socrates explains that the highly respected men are ignorant and embarrasses them by showing them that he is 1 Reeve, C. D. C. 1989. Socrates in the Apology: an essay on Plato's Apology of Socrates . Indianapolis: Hackett.
THE APOLOGY 3 right but cannot be examined or questioned since he claims that he does not have any wisdom and this lives no room for interrogation. Socrates has surely developed his reputation by portraying that he is the wisest from the insight if the oracle at Delphi. Socrates’ friend asks if there is any other person with wisdom like Socrates and the Oracle confirms that there is no other person as wise as him. He claims that he has the most significant level of wisdom relative to human capacities. Socrates seems confused as he knows that the Oracle never lies, but at the same time he is fully aware that he does not possess the special wisdom people to think he has. 2 He goes ahead to question people who are regarded as wise. He begins by questioning politicians who always thought they we were wise and had knowledge. After interrogating them, Socrates realized that they did not have sufficient knowledge in politics. He after that questioned poets who were known for writing magnificent works, which were understood and inspired many people. Socrates came to realize that the poems were not written out of wisdom and were out of

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