Final - Caffrey Francis November 1, 2010 Dr. Mcquillan...

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Caffrey Francis November 1, 2010 Dr. Mcquillan T/TH/Time: 4:30-5:45 An apology is a speech one gives on one’s own behalf. The Greek word “apologia” means a speech that defense a person’s actions. In The Apology , Socrates gives an apology to defend the accusations he was brought up on, not to apologize for them. In The Apology , Socrates is a man who is a mastery of himself this helps him oppose the charges he was brought up on, which were undermining state religion and corrupting the youth. In The Odyssey , Odysseus does not give an apology but his self-understanding helps him get back to his homeland. Socrates self-understanding helps him defend the charges he was brought up on. Odysseus self-understanding helps him preserver through turbulent times and get back to his homeland. Socrates apology was an accurate account of his self. 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). Meletus claims that Socrates alone corrupts the youth, and that every Athenian besides Socrates improves the youth. Socrates says that Meletus, “has never given the slightest attention" to who actually corrupts young minds (48). 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 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,
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whereas most people, if they have to do with horse and make use of them, do them harm?” (49). Socrates
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