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Socrates has been accused of corrupting the youth by Meletus and has been sentenced to death He has thoroughly justified his own decision to obey the opinions of the majority and serve out the sentence that his own city has deemed appropriate for his crimes At the beginning of this piece Socrates has presented a period of questions and answers through dialogue with Crito Throughout the dialogue Socrates is explaining his reasoning for not evading the government Crito does not understand the madness of Socrates and would like nothing more than to help his dear friend escape to freedom I do not think that what you are doing is right to give up your life when you can save it and to hasten your fate as your enemies would hasten it and indeed have hastened it in their wish to destroy youCrito p48d Plato introduces several pivotal ideas through the dialogue between Crito and Socrates The first being that a person must decide whether the society in which he lives has a just reasoning behind its own standards of right and wrong The second being that a person must have pride in the life that he leads In establishing basic questions of these two concepts Socrates has precluded his own circumstance and attempted to prove to his companion Crito that the choice that he has made is just I am the kind of man who listens only to the argument that on reflection seems best to me I cannot now that this fate has come upon me discard the arguments I used they seen to me much the sameCrito p48b The introduction of this work has also provided the concept that it is our society or majority that has dictated what is considered virtuous action According to Socrates we have been given every opportunity to reject our society and renounce what it has stood for and against Not one of our laws raises
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