Essay Topic 1
Analyze the way Plato decides to tell the story of the Symposium. Include the effects of having a story delivered from a second-hand account, why Apollodorus is qualified to recount the events of the party, and how he has been able to confirm the information that Aristodemus provided. Also, explain whether Plato's own opinions of Socrates influence the way the story is presented.
Essay Topic 2
Apollodorus introduces an interesting notion about the way philosophers and rich people view each other.
1) Describe Apollodorus' general opinion of people and how he got his nickname.
2) Explain why he pities rich men and the reasons why he thinks they also pity him.
3) Analyze how the story might be affected be being told by someone with Apollodorus' views on life.
Essay Topic 3
Socrates' introduction establishes his personality and reputation.
1) Describe how Socrates is first introduced as he talks with Aristodemus.
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