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When a person unjustly puts another person to death who should be pitied Most will argue that the person who was unjustly killed should be pitied as he is the most miserable While Polus would agree Socrates would adamantly refute such an opinion as he did in Platos Gorgias During a discussion between Plato and Socrates p31-42 an argument arises over what act deserves more pity committing an injustice or suffering one The heated argument begins when Socrates states that he would choose suffering over doing whats unjust 469c Polus adamantly disagrees The example of a tyrant is brought up and they conclude sometimes its better to do those things we were just now talking about putting people to death and banishing them and confiscating their property and at other times it isnt 470b They then begin to discuss when to draw the line Socrates claims that when these things are done justly it is better than when they are done unjustly Polus seems to have a different argument Polus claims that there are many unjust people such as Archelaus that are happy As they dispute this Socrates argues that happiness is determined by education and justice and that an admirable and good person is happy and that an unjust one is miserable He then relates this to Archelaus saying that because he is unjust he is miserable Polus is floured by this statement as most people would be Socrates is going against common sense Most would imagine that someone such as Archelaus who escaped from slavery and killed people in his path to the top while wrong in his actions is much happier than he would be were he still enslaved In his frustration with Socrates Polus resorts to falsely claiming to Socrates Youre just unwilling to admit it you really do think its the way I say it is 471e This is the point where Socrates begins to truly dominate the
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