1. various times, Alcibiades shares with the group

1. In Symposium, Socrates shares how he sees love through sharing with the group his experience of discussing love with a woman named Diotima. She explains how love is neither ugly or beautiful, yet somewhere in between. Therefore since love is in this half way state, love can also not be a mortal or a god. Instead, she says that love’s role is to be an intercessor for humans and the gods. Then, Diotima tells Socrates that birth and procreation are the object of love. She explains by saying that at some point in our lives we desire to become pregnant and produce life into this world. This feeling is due to our longing to be immortal. Through bringing a child into the world, we are able to feel as close to immortality as possible due to the belief that we will live on through our child. Diotima states that men of quality will seek out beauty not only of the body, but of the soul. Finally, she shares her ladder of love with Socrates.       2. Alcibiades begins his speech of how he sees love by comparing Socrates to a satyr. He states that Socrates treats people brutally by pretending to be infatuated with them. However, this is just a ploy as he is only interested in gaining knowledge and doesn’t have any feelings for them. For instance, Alcibiades has tried to seduce Socrates on multiple occasions, but to no avail. Due to being rejected at various times, Alcibiades shares with the group that he feels humiliated and confused about his ideas of love. Yet, despite these events, he applauds Socrates for his unwavering composure. Even though he is angry at Socrates for denying his invitations, Alcibiades cannot help but admire Socrates for the outstanding man he is. No matter what Socrates does to him, he will always respect him. Similar to this, some cannot help but love individuals despite the unfortunate things that they have done to them.    3. Socrates’ and Alcibiades’ understandings of love are very similar. The information shared in Alcibiades’ speech supports Socrates’ being a strong example of a lover in Diotima’s speech. In Diotima’s speech, she shares how a good lover would not be concerned with the body, but with the beauty of the mind. Similarly, Socrates’ main desire is to gain wisdom, and is unaware of the advances made towards him from various individuals. In addition, while Socrates is not known for being attractive, Alcibiades shares it is his quest for wisdom that arouses those around him. Therefore, many look up to Socrates and desire to gratify him in return for some of his wisdom. Due to this, one could say that Socrates is seen as in between when it comes to beauty, similar to what Diotima shares about love. Though he is not physically beautiful, it is his mind that causes others to become attracted to him.   

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