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The Crito seems intended to exhibit the character of Socrates in one light only, not as the philosopher, fulfilling a divine mission and trusting in the will of heaven, but simply as the good citizen, who having been unjustly condemned is willing to give up his life in obedience to the laws of the state...
The days of Socrates are drawing to a close; the fatal ship has been seen off Sunium, as he is informed by his aged friend and contemporary Crito, who visits him before the dawn has broken; he himself has been warned in a dream that on the third day he must depart.
Socrates is afraid that Crito is but pressing upon him the opinions of the many: whereas, all his life long he has followed the dictates of reason only and the opinion of the one wise or skilled man.
Whether such an incident ever really occurred as the visit of Crito and the proposal of escape is uncertain: Plato could easily have invented far more than that (Phaedr.); and in the selection of Crito, the aged friend, as the fittest person to make the proposal to Socrates, we seem to recognize the hand of the artist.
de Orat.); and the loose and desultory style is an imitation of the 'accustomed manner' in which Socrates spoke in 'the agora and among the tables of the money-changers.' The allusion in the Crito may, perhaps, be adduced as a further evidence of the literal accuracy of some parts.
The Crito may also be regarded as a sort of appendage to the Apology, in which Socrates, who has defied the judges, is nevertheless represented as scrupulously obedient to the laws.
1 PLATO, EUTHYPHRO, APOLOGY, CRITO, PHAEDO, PHAEDRUS (Harold North Fowler trans., Harvard Univ.
As soon as issues of morality and justice are raised, one cannot avoid the question of whether laws should always be obeyed as Socrates argues in the Crito. Many articles in the anthology have a bearing on this issue, but the only other one that directly addresses it is Harrison Bergeron, a delicious short story by Kurt Vonnegut.
(25.) Crito 50a-c, in PLATO: COMPLETE WORKS 37, 44-45 (John M.
Plato, The Last Days of Socrates (Euthphro / Apology / Crito / Phaedo).
The questions you mention about spending money and what people think and the raising of children, these are really the worries, Crito, of those who would casually put someone to death and revive him again without a second thought, namely the many.
We have already seen that Socrates mentions in Crito that he was given, even at trial, the option of exile as an alternative to death.