Socrates Death: Similarities Between Literary Work And The Image

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Socrates was a famous philosopher who was sentenced to death but decided to kill himself by drinking poison. He was told stop teaching his ideas and ways but refused to do so. As he took his life he left behind his children. Socrates also only had the men stay in the room with him and not the women when he was going to poison himself. Socrates was not at all scared to die, he wanted people to keep learning from him. Between the literary work and the image both about Socrates’ death, there are some similarities that can be made. In the image all men seemed to be filled with sorrow because of the situation and in the story it was described that all men were filled with sorrow. The author wrote “But Apollodorus, who had been weeping all the time before, then wailed aloud in…show more content…
It matches the body language and facial expressions of the men in the image. One other big similarity between the two was that Socrates was not afraid of facing death. In the image there is light shed upon Socrates and he seemed to be sitting firm with an expression of seriousness upon his face. He seemed like he was in the middle of speaking some powerful words. In the text Socrates spoke to his men when they started to cry and said, “What conduct is this, you strange men!... Keep quiet and be brave.” This showed as if Socrates was scolding his men and it also showed that he was fearless and wanted the men to act the same as him and not shed any tears. One final similarity between the picture and the text was the importance of the cup. The cup was filled with the poison that was set to kill Socrates. In the image the cup is in the center of the picture as a main focus point. All men in the picture were are looking away

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