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Orwell And Plato: Comparison Of The Hero Figure

660 words - 3 pages

Socrates and Winston both have similarities in their pursuit for the truth and response to their treatment of death but have different views on ethics in society. In 1984, Winston pursued truth and justice because he wanted freedom from the Party. In The Apology, Socrates seek justice or sense of truth so that the people of Athens have the freedom to expand their knowledge and produce their own truth. The similarities between Winston and Socrates is that they both accept their treatment of death. In contrast they have different reactions to what they think it means to be ethical in their society.
Socrates and Winston pursuit for justice or sense of truth is due to the desire to answer questions that they have about the society they live in. They have similarities on their purpose for pursuing justice and sense of truth. Socrates pursue justice or sense of truth to help the people, “A man who us good for anything ought not to calculate the chance of living or dying; he ought only to consider whether in doing anything he is doing right or wrong.” Socrates ask people to think about their action and consider if they were right or wrong. By opening their minds they have the freedom to find their own truth and not just accepting someone else opinion of the truth. In correlation, Winston pursue for the truth and justice to gain freedom, “Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four” (90). He seeks for a world where there is freedom to speak the truth without receiving harsh punishments from the Party. Winston seeks the truth for freedom from the Party and Socrates seeks justice for the people of Athens to have freedom to speak their minds.
Socrates and Winston both faced death as punishment for challenging society. They both have similar reaction to their treatment of death. Socrates treatment of death was to be executed but...

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