Phaedrus Characters

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Socrates

Socrates meets Phaedrus while on a walk outside Athens and entices him to engage in discussion about the speech written by Lysias. Socrates has a vast knowledge of philosophy as well as rhetoric. He has developed the habit of asking questions in such a way that answers lead to vital conclusions while forming principles and rules. In this way, various insights on issues involving rhetoric are exchanged and shared. He instructs Phaedrus through dialectic and logical analysis on the way rhetoric should be practiced. Through such insights Plato expresses his own concepts of discourse. Philosophical discussion often pertains to mythical events, Egypt, and Sparta. While he avoids analyzing various legendary deities and events, they become part of allegories. In this way, cicadas participate in human daily activities because of their past. As former humans cicadas were engaged in art. Their connection with gods that deal with art is...

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