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It is clear in Crito that Plato is holding Socrates up on a pedestal There is a reason that Plato does this He is trying to teach the reader a lesson on human values with Socrates as the epitome of a model citizen The question of what Plato is trying to teach is where I will begin my inquiry What truth about life does Plato want his audience to discover and how does he go about teaching them One thing that we must note is that the Crito is written completely in dialogue format between Socrates and his pupil Crito Dialogue which is the main module of the Socratic Method is an alternative to the lecture format Socrates and Plato both believe in dialogue as a better method of teaching and there is a reason for this Plato uses the dialogue format so he can install a character Crito who has values that are common to the average moral citizen of the time These values become apparent when Crito attempts to persuade Socrates to escape Crito reasons that if Socrates were to stay in the prison and accept his fate he would be letting down his sons his pupils and his friend 100 This shows that Crito values friendship love and kin above all else all of which are values any decent citizen can relate to In essence Crito is the one who the reader relates to He is the one who asks the same questions that Plato would expect the audience to have as to why Socrates does not wish to escape his death so we learn through the inquiries of Crito This process of learning is well rehearsed in the dialogue as Crito seems very confident on the outset He chastises Socrates saying that he is ashamed 112 that Socrates will simply fall victim to the flawed judicial system and not retaliate against an injustice By making Crito seem confident we are able
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