Platos Apology

The following passage is taken from Plato’s Apology around 24b. Please write a 3-full page analysis explaining what Socrates means by this line of questioning (double spaced). Relate this passage to any other relevant passage(s), idea(s) or line(s) of reasoning found in the Apology or any of Plato’s works (that we’ve read).

Please include a title page with your name and the heading that I’ve given above on this page. Your title page DOES NOT count towards your 3-pages.

Here is the passage:

Socrates:  Then every Athenian improves and elevates them [i.e. the Athenian youth]; all with the exception of myself; and I alone am their corrupter? Is that what you affirm . . . I am very unfortunate if that is true. But suppose I ask you a question: Would you say that this also holds true in the case of horses? Does one man do them harm and all the world good? Is not the exact opposite of this true? One man is able to do them good, or at least not many “ the trainer of horses, that is to say, does them good, and others who have to do with them rather injure them? Is not that true, Meletus, of horses, or any other animals . . . happy indeed would be the condition of youth if they had one corrupter only, and all the rest of the world were their improvers. And you, Meletus, have sufficiently shown that you never had a thought about the young: your carelessness is seen in your not caring about matters spoken of in this very indictment.