Athenian Persuasive Speech Analysis

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My fellow Athenians, allow me to refresh your memory on the horrific events of the last thirty years. First, war with the Spartans, who razed our fields of grapes and olives, who killed anyone outside of our walls. Next a disease that crawled its way past our protective barrier and into our people. Relatives and friends laid dead in the streets, piled on top of each other, unburied because of the fear of the contagious plague. Another 30,000 people no longer with us. After that we had a short period of peace that was interrupted when our democracy decided to seek after a silly war in Sicily. Of the 40,000 allied troops we sent to fight there, only seven thousand returned. Still more of our people were killed when we again confronted Sparta. …show more content…
Socrates has said, “ if a man says that justice consists in the repayment of debts, and that good is the debt which a man owes to his friends, and evil the debt which he owes to his enemies, to say this is not wise; for it is not true, if, as has clearly been shown, the injuring of another can be in no case just” (Plato 104). Thus, since murder is injuring to the body, it is not justice to harm the supporters of the Thirty even though they may be our enemies.
If we decide to execute these men, who are family to many here, we are no better than the Thirty Tyrants who killed 1,500 democrats out of hatred and fear. This decision would not be made with clear heads, but rather with vehement hate, not with wise council, like the namesake of our city, but with a lust for blood and revenge. This is not how our polis should operate, because when our passions are involved, can anyone disagree that our decisions will not be just, but rather they will be biased while fueled by blind

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