First Analytical Paper

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First Analytical Paper Lauren Marley February 25, 2008
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The Republic was written by Plato to depict the perfect society through the voice of Socrates. In Plato’s ideal society, people will have a specific task designated to each of them. Every one of these people will be placed in a social class. They will be either a ruler, a warrior, or a worker. This model society will be ruled as an aristocracy because Plato saw this form of government as flawless. To make his government perfect he also set certain rules and restrictions on his Rulers. He also brought about the equality of women in his society. With these aspects he hoped that he had designed the ideal city. At the head of his society would be the ruling class. Plato believed that the perfect type of ruler would be a philosopher. He thought that a philosopher would be the best fit to run his city because they were the brightest and wisest among the people. He saw them as being able to make just decisions for the public. His rulers were also to be courageous and spirited. As children they would begin their education by having stories read to them that had excellent principles. These stories would help them to rule in the future because it would help them form a strong moral background. Plato also put forth the idea that the Rulers would have gold placed in their blood by the gods. By creating this “noble lie” it helped each class to accept their place in society. Just like the rulers the middle class was also considered to be the guardians of the city. They would be known as the auxiliaries or warriors. These were the people in society that were considered to have silver in their blood. Theses warriors were to be swift, strong, and also courageous because these characteristics would help build a strong army for their city. Like the rulers they too began their learning with stories, but soon advanced into strict physical training. Plato wanted to have a strong protection for his ideal city.
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The lowest class in Plato’s society would be the artisans. These were the common people who were said to have iron or brass in their blood. These workers were the backbone of this so called flawless society. They provided the community with their needs such as homes, food, and clothing. One would think that this would be the worst
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