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1 Caffrey Francis November 1, 2010 Dr. Mcquillan T/TH/Time: 4:30-5:45 (Title?) An apology is a speech one gives on one’s own behalf. The Greek word “apologia” means a speech that defends a person’s actions. In The Apology , Socrates is a man who knows himself well and this helps him oppose the charges he was brought up on, which were corrupting the youth and undermining state religion. In The Apology , Socrates demonstrates that his apology was an accurate account of himself by proving that Meletus does not care about how the young are brought up and by proving that Meletus contradicts his claim that Socrates undermines state religion. In The Odyssey , Odysseus does not give an apology, but after he arrives home, he realizes his self-understanding of his actions was all because of the need to be with his (place an adjective about his family right here. Ie, beloved) family again. Socrates demonstrated his apology was an accurate account of himself by proving that Meletus does not care about how the young are brought up. Socrates says that he is brought up on charges of, “… corrupting the minds of the young, and of believing in supernatural things of his own invention instead of the gods recognized by the State” (48). Place an extra sentence between these two quotes. Meletus claims Socrates alone corrupts the youth, and every Athenian besides Socrates improves the youth. Socrates says Meletus, “has never given the slightest attention" to who actually corrupts young minds (48). Add a sentence between these quotes. Socrates demonstrates this by saying, “Take the case of horses; do you believe that those who improve them make up the whole of mankind, and that there is only one person
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2 who has a bad effect on them? Or is the truth just the opposite, that the ability to improve them belongs to one person or to very few persons, who are horse-trainers, whereas most people, if they have to do with horse and make use of them, do them harm?” (49). Socrates proves that not only one person could corrupt the young. Socrates’ apology was an accurate account of himself because Socrates shows Meletus does not care about the young, because has never thought about how young minds are brought up.
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