Please write on one of the following topics:
1. Describe a narrative artwork (novel, film, play, etc.) with which you are familiar, and consider whether Plato’s criticism of narrative art would apply to it. Is it morally hazardous? Morally edifying? Neither? [Make sure to address Plato’s specific criticisms, that (1) artists don’t know what virtue and happiness are but depict them in their artworks; (2) that narrative art necessarily appeals to and is aimed at satisfying emotions rather than reason; (3) that as a result, even a morally decent person can be made morally worse by its influence.]
2. It’s been asserted that the closing myth of Er provides a “lame and messy ending” to the Republic. Is this correct? What, if anything, does the myth of Er contribute to the book as a whole?
3. What is “the greatest difficulty” for the Theory of Forms that Parmenides announces? Why is it a problem?