Essay heading: Plato Vs. Aristotle

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Being so, Plato claims the validity of its message is compromised. Any lesson that may be learned from the historical basis of the plot (as in Homers epics, the Oresteia) is hindered by the poet’s use of catharsis. For Plato, catharsis was a tool that poets used to play on the emotions and sentiments of the audience, he says this limits the audience’s ability do read/understand this poetry critically, drawing lessons from its words to improve their lives...
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The reason Sophocles’ Apology did not appeal to the jury of his Athenian peers is because they were looking for him to conform to their standards of education, of thought. Socrates’ and by extension Plato’s method of teaching, inspiring individual thought and personal reflection, and ran contrary to the Athenian’s concept of a good citizen...
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