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Socrates is admired for his willingness to explore an argument wherever it would lead as well as having the moral courage to follow its conclusion Socrates the master of argumentation manages to make his points through creative word choices and his eloquent speeches In book 4 of The Trial and Death of Socrates Socrates uses his gracious speaking style to prove his debate of life after death Socrates posses a great ability to portray his controversial ideas through simplistic analogies He speaks of a circle or compensation in nature which represents one soul exiting a body and finding a new one He compares the circle to a line the line portraying the opposing idea that life ends after death the idea that there is nothing more to look forwards to He says that if generations went in a straight line there would be no change the same form would be repeated generation after generation Life in a world of lines would be a continuous flow of action with no turn or return into one anotherpg 70Socrates continues on with his theory using an example of the simple task of sleeping and waking He refers to a story called Endymion and sates that if there were no compensation of sleeping and waking then the story of Endymion would be a pointless one Since not many would be concerned that Endymion was not waking considering the fact that every other creature would also not be awaking He uses this story and compares to life and death If all things which consist of life were to die and not continue on with life after death and simply remained in the form of death eventually nothing would be alive This helps to prove his statement that all living things that encounter death will eventually continue on living it is a continuous cycle He continues with his point by using the idea of knowledge The idea that living things were
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