The Argument between Socrates and Meletus on His Trial

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February, 11, 2013
Argument between Socrates and Meletus on His Trial Some accusations where brought against Socrates during his trial. Socrates claims that he did not consciously corrupt the youth of Athens, and he gives many reasons why he is not at fault for their actions. And I find that the following considerations provide a convincing argument for Socrates. In Socrates defense to the jury, Socrates says that by looking at the facts, the jury will see that Meletus is accusing him of something that is not his fault. Socrates states that he is not responsible for the corruption of the youth, because he was not aware that he was leading them astray. Meletus and Socrates do not have the same definition of corruption. Meletus says that what Socrates is doing is wrong. Meletus views the corruption of the youth as Socrates telling the children to believe in certain gods, contrary to what gods the public believe in. Socrates claims that he is not corrupting the youth, because that would mean he was harming them and he knows that he is not. Socrates argument is well-thought and logical. Socrates asked Meletus a question and he answer and then Socrates moves on to the next question to s1upport his claim that he is not a "villainous misleader of youth". Socrates tries proving his case to the jury by questioning Meletus about his beliefs. Socrates asks Meletus," Then every Athenian improves and elevate then, all with the exception of myself. i alone am their corrupter? Is that what you say?" Meletus answers by saying "Most definitely". In this instance, Socrates had made a mockery of Meletus by having him state to the jury that Socrates alone, is the corrupter of youth and all of the other Athenians improve them. Socrates goes on to say that it is better to live among good citizens that bad one. Socrates is stating the obvious by saying this, but what exactly is a good citizen? is it a...