Essay heading: Plato Analysis

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This is the most wretched of all the regimes as the tyrant is the most wretched of souls. Book IX of The Republic begins with a story of two young men whose lives take opposite paths. The first is raised in a home more Spartan than Athenian, born to a parsimonious father who honors the "money-making desires while despising the ones that aren't necessary but exist for the sake of play and showing off" (572c)...
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The son rebels against his austere upbringing, and revels in the company of subtler men who delight in the pleasures of the world (572c). However, because the young man has been brought up to abhor such worldliness, in the end he chooses a middle path ? "neither illiberal nor hostile to law" ? having become what Plato describes as a "man of the people" (572d)...
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