Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Burkeing Socrates

Using Burke’s method against the story we can find that the basic scene is a group of chums sitting around and conversing. I would have to say that the agent of this first book would have to be the topic at hang. Though every speaker plays a role to progress the debate the one true constant is the debate it self. What is justice, who is just, and what is the difference between the just and unjust. Through the text there is a simple calm feeling of mockery and jest while they begin to discus. Later on after everyone has kind of made a contribution of what each think is just and rebut against someone else’s comments in walks Thrasymachus burst on the scene and the conflict between him and Socrates begins.
This discussion of burns, sarcastic remarks, and witty replies goes on between the two “friends”, I believe, for the rest of book one. When Thrasymachus first arrives on the scene he has a bone to pick with Socrates and he starts up the debate once more. Even at the end of the book they agree on something that at the beginning of book two they try to go back to reexamine. The flow of debate goes form one point to another. There is a form of organization through the discussions of key points for and against what is justice. With each one the philosophizers question everything. No one man makes a comment with out an attack from another as to how and why. Though this is hard to follow and the style is different from what I was used to.

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