The Function Of The Quest Or Journey Motif In The Apology And The Crito

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The quest, in the classical era to the modern notions of the word has meant a coming of age or to notions of learning where at the beginning there was nothing known. The quest in its very nature is a search to find an answer, an artifact of power and wealth or perhaps even for peace; in the platonic dialogues they play a crucial role in the Apology of Socrates and the Crito. The Apology in the trial and death of Socrates is an example of a quest or journey motif applied, whether or not quest or journey is the preferred word is left to you who are reading this. In the apology, Plato is accused of corrupting the youth of Athens and of Atheism, to elaborate on these they are one and the same as Socrates is claimed to have corrupted the minds of the youth by atheistic ideals that he himself is surmised to have from an interpretation by the oracle of Delphi. The function of the quest in the apology as in other platonic dialogues is the discovery of an enlightened truth that is initially unknown or convoluted in nature.
In the beginning of Socrates’ quest it is at the oracle of Delphi where his friend, Chaerephon, asks whether there was anyone wiser than Socrates, the oracle replies that the gods have found none wiser than Socrates and according to him it is not in the nature of the gods to lie about such matters. So he begins to take this as a riddle, “how can a man who knows nothing, be the wisest of all men?” In a phrase, the journey of Socrates leading to his condemnation and death is the answer to the divine paradox interpreted from the oracle. Such as the questions posed by Socrates against those he viewed as pretentious, meaning that they never understood the nature of their work or existence, the craftsmen, politicians and poets claiming they were all well versed, but were truly ignorant of their nature from being corrupted at a young age by those that preceded them. We can further understand its nature through the methods that Socrates applied it in as he had said “I was attached to this city by the god-though it seems a ridiculous thing to say-as upon a great and noble horse which was somewhat sluggish because of its size and needed to be stirred up by a kind of gadfly. It is to fulfill some such function that I believe the god has placed me in the city” and further claims his works were for the betterment of the people in his state, never to have charged a fee to teach and never to have been a madman as portrayed by the play of Meletus, Aristophanes, a portrayal of him walking on air and a series of nonsense. From an alternate perspective the Apology is more or less a dissection of the journey motif in a narrative as it explains the process of how Socrates arrived at his ill fate of death and condemnation by his peers, mirrored by other forms of storytelling like Shakespeare’s literary works.
A point to be taken of the quest motif applied to the apology is the actions taken by asking the questions he needed to deduce that politicians were...

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