Plato Gorgias -- Criticism, Textual


Throughout the Gorgias, Plato returns to irony to color the characters in their plights of ambiguity and inability. Present in nearly every layer and language form operating within the work, irony is perhaps the greatest contributing factor to the modernist and timeless tone of the dialogue. Using this technique, Plato is able to layer antagonism, infer implication, and make every character seem slightly out of his element, thus provoking an awkward, but seemingly necessary situation. This paper portrays Socrates as the anti-hero, the ancient Holden Caulfield.

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