eng 481 reading notes gorgias and plato

eng 481 reading notes gorgias and plato - Sabrina Baez ENG...

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Sabrina Baez ENG 481 9/2/2011 Reading Notes Gorgias and Plato Gorgias and Plato’s view on Rhetoric In the first reading by Gorgias of Leontini, the audience is told that he is defending Helen against the crimes that she has been accused of. Gorgias starts off his defense with a sly comment that is very general and functions as a way for the audience to find him trustworthy. He speaks of virtuosity and the soul, things that no one can argue with. Gorgias then goes on to give an introduction of Helen. He recalls her superior lineage, her reputed father being a king and her real father being Zeus. This helps to explain the beauty and appeal of Helen, a factor that she was born with and cannot control. Gorgias then begins to excuse Helen of abandoning her home and sleeping with the enemy, by blaming it on either; Fate, being seized by force, or won over by persuasion or love. All of the things mentioned cannot be controlled by Helen herself therefore she must be innocent. Gorgias elaborates on all of these reasons saying that no one can escape or go against fate, the captor is the one to blame for they are barbaric making Helen go against her will, and speech is a mighty weapon that moves people and cannot be helped.
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