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Literary Response to The Symposium

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Frank Garcia Lit Hum Response: The Symposium In the symposium, there is a weird section where Alcibiades wanders in drunk and praises Socrates. He describes Socrates as both the lover and the beloved. He describes Socrates as both wise and courageous. His description of Socrates makes Socrates out to be super-human but it also describes Socrates as embracing the full circle of love. Socrates understands what true love is and what the kind of love that one should strive to achieve is. He encompasses a full circle because he is both a lover and a beloved, in other words, Socrates is described as having achieved perfection. Socrates understands that the purest form of love is knowledge, and that has made him perfect.
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Unformatted text preview: Many argue that the section with Alcibiades is supposed to be a mockery of Socrates and his status in society but ancient Greek society proves otherwise. In ancient Greece there was a common belief that a circle represented perfection. The shape has no beginning and no end; it had very special qualities including that of representing perfection. The fact that Plato inserts this small section into the Symposium, after the matter at hand, which is the definition of love has been answered means that Plato desires to praise Socrates and describe him as “perfection” not that he intends to critique or mock him....
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