Wednesday, July 12, 2006

The Burke Man...applied to Book I

Applying Kenny Burke's "Dramatism" to Book I of "The Republic", we can say that the Act was the attempt to distinguish the just from the unjust of Socrates and Thrasywhatsnisname. The Scene was a group of comrades chillin' at a local hotspot called the Piraeus....analogous to Downtown Austin, from my interpretation. The Agents were Socrates and the T Man for the most part. They were the ones dominating the majority of the conversation. The Agency was persuasion. While Thrasy was trying to explain himself, ole Socrates kept asking him questions and trying to get him to second guess himself and change his position. As we all know from our second blog response, it's quite obvious who won this little tiff. Ding ding ding! Winner....SOCRATES! Anyways, the Purpose of the dispute over the definition of justice was to prove that Thrasy didn't know what he was talking about. He rolled in and started telling Socrates that he should stop asking questions and start answering some, but then Socrates told him off and Thrasy left with his tail between his legs.
That said, however, they establish in the first few lines of dialogue in Book II that Socrates has not actually persuaded the group that "to be just is always better than to be unjust" (T.R. p. 30). Let's tune in and see how Socrates responds to THAT.
As far as the last question of the blog prompt is concerned....Does it represent utopia? I'm not entirely sure how to answer this. I mean...if it is referring to the event that is taking place (the argument), then I would say that a utopia is not represented...just because an argument isn't something that one invisions taking place in a perfect world. But that could be totally wrong. And it probably is.


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