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Polus Vs. Socrates. Essay

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When a person unjustly puts another person to death, who should be pitied? Most will argue that the person who was unjustly killed should be pitied, as he is the most miserable. While Polus would agree, Socrates would adamantly refute such an opinion, as he did in Plato's Gorgias. During a discussion between Plato and Socrates (p.31-42) an argument arises over what act deserves more pity, committing an injustice or suffering one.The heated argument begins when Socrates states that he would choose "suffering over doing what's unjust (469c)." Polus adamantly disagrees. The example of a tyrant is brought up and they conclude, "sometimes it's better to do those things we were just now talking about, putting people to death and banishing them and confiscating their property, and at other times it isn't (470b)." They then begin to discuss when to draw the line. Socrates claims that when these things are done justly, it is better than when they are done unjustly. Polus seems to have a different argument.Polus claims that there are many unjust people, such as Archelaus, that are happy. As they dispute this, Socrates argues that happiness is determined by education and justice and that an admirable and good person is happy, and that an unjust one is miserable. He then relates this to Archelaus, saying that because he is unjust, he is miserable. Polus is floured by this statement, as most people would be. Socrates is going against common sense. Most would imagine that someone such as Archelaus, who escaped from slavery and killed people in his path to the top, while wrong in his actions, is much happier than he would be, were he still enslaved. In his frustration with Socrates, Polus resorts to falsely claiming to Socrates "You're just unwilling to admit it, you really do think it's the way I say it is (471e)." This is the point where Socrates begins to truly dominate the discussion.After Socrates scorns Polus for not participating in the typical form of discussion, he seeks to continue the conversation by trying to see things from Polus' perspective. He compromises by saying that an unjust man can be happy if he is punished for his wrongdoings. Yet again Polus is amazed, saying that in fact that would make someone even more miserable. Polus uses the example of a man caught setting up tyranny and then extensively tortured (castrated, etc). He asks Socrates if this man is happier haven gotten his punishment rather than ruling the city at his will. While this point may seem glaringly obvious to some, Socrates says that while both would be miserable, the one who did not get caught would be more so.At this point Polus draws on common sense, saying that any person in Athens would agree with him. Socrates,...

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