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Essay 1 complit rewrite - Elizabeth Pirinis December 2,...

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Elizabeth Pirinis December 2, 2009 The Quest for Beauty In modern society, beauty is something that is sought after by many people. Whether it is found in people, places or objects, it is something that we strive to create and hold on to. In Plato’s Symposium, the relationship between Alcibiades and Socrates is one that is based on each of them seeing beauty in the other that they wish to attain and manipulate. Alcibiades desires the inner beauty which he sees in Socrates, having already the possession of great physical beauty. Socrates seeks to develop Alcibiades’ inner beauty and make him a better person, while initially being attracted to his external appearance. As this beauty that they strive for is not attainable, they end up wanting what they cannot have and suffering because of this. Alcibiades and Socrates are both in search of beauty in whatever form they can find it in. Alcibiades, however, is the more active of the two in his pursuit of the beauty that he perceives as being hidden inside Socrates. Socrates, as a renowned philosopher and orator, finds himself in the company of Alcibiades, someone who is has a very different lifestyle and belief system from himself. Alcibiades greatly admires Socrates’ for his inner beauty which includes his power of expression. In Plato’s Symposium, Alcibiades enters Agathon’s home, interrupts the sober night the men are having, and compares Socrates words to flute playing, expressing the power they have to “amaze and possess the souls of every men, woman and child who comes within hearing of them” (Symposium 43). Alcibiades describes the nature of Socrates attraction as being beyond his physique and states “when I opened him, and looked within…I saw in him divine and golden images of such fascinating beauty” 1
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(Symposium 43). Cake describes this concept as the sense of “agalma” which is when something beautiful and precious is hidden inside ugly packaging. This unsightly packaging is what makes the object more desirable as it is disguised from those who cannot identify its worth, not being visible to the naked eye. Alcibiades emphasizes the extent of Socrates’ inner beauty in the things that he witnesses Socrates do. He recites a tale of Socrates’ endurance during hard times of no food and harshly cold weather, and his bravery and strength in battle. Alcibiades is not necessarily attracted to Socrates himself but to the beauty that he sees within him. Socrates admires Alcibiades for his physical beauty and wishes to cultivate what
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This note was uploaded on 11/21/2011 for the course COMPLIT 201 taught by Professor Gradstudent during the Spring '09 term at Emory.

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