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Platos Apology is the story of the trial of Socrates the charges brought against him and his maintaining of his own innocence throughout the process At the onset of the trial Socrates appears to challenging the charges which included corrupting the youth challenging belief in the gods that were accepted and reveled by the State and introducing a new religious focus but also belittles his own significance and suggesting that he will not attempt to disprove that he participated in the actions maintained by the court In essence Socrates appears almost self-effacing and his defense surprises even his accuser Meletus But by the end of the Apology Socrates becomes almost a different person demonstrating his own value while refusing to beg for forgiveness even to save his own life This view of Socrates presented by Plato demonstrates the difference between a man accused and a man condemned and in the end Socrates has nothing to lose by providing instructio n to the people through his remarks At the onset of the trial Socrates recognizes that the primary reason for the accusations are not that he himself did not have value or that he was instructing students in a way that had not happened in the past but that circumstances surrounding the trial had led to the perception that men like Socrates were challenging the standards of government Though Socrates suggests that his value for the State was unending through out the process the fact that his teachings asked the youth to explore their values their systems of thought and to question authority was a significant problem for a sometimes wavering State I think that it was right of Socrates to encourage the youth to think for themselves and explore their values and the values of society and the state In order to learn and grow one must challenge the ideas of others and the ideas they hold of themselves Early in the Apology
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