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An essay on Platos The Republic and Aristophanes the Birds It is evident by Platos The Republic and Aristophanes The Birds that ones vision of an ideal state is not the same mystical utopia Platos Republic is an well-ordered society that emphasizes the development of the community which leads to its people believing in this philosophy Cloudcuckooland the idea of two lazy Athenians is an unorganized society that lacks the substance to make it a workable society I would much rather live in the organized Republic to the unorganized Cloudcuckooland The underlying philosophy of the Republic was based on the community and not the individual There are three classes in The Republic one no more important than the other They are the Rulers Auxiliaries or soldiers and the rest of the people such as Merchants Carpenters and Laborers What I especially like is that the class one belongs to doesnt have to do with the class of your parents but more with what your aptitudes are This allows people to do what they are good at which usually translates into people being more productive for the community To keep this ordered Plato has set up the Myth of the Metals The Myth of the Metals states that when people are created they have one of four different types of metals in them A person who has gold in them is destined to become a Ruler a person who has silver in them is destined to become an auxiliary and a person who has iron or bronze in them is destined to become a farmer or another worker It also adds though that just because ones parents are both made up of iron doesnt mean that their children will be made up of iron they could turn out to be Rulers with gold in them This myth is important in keeping the society organized because it gives everyone a role in society keeps
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