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I am doing an essay on Aristophanes Clouds and The Trial and Death of Socrates by Plato. I am trying to find differences in the types of education Socrates provides?
I am unclear whether he actually charges a fee in Plato ( it seems that he doesn't) ?
It also seems that in Plato Socrates education consists of debating in the marketplace. I would like to know if this is correct.

I am also stuck on writing an intro, but I do have a thesis which is mainly how Socrates is depicted differently in both works in terms of education and beliefs.

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    Socrates didn't charge fees. That's right. And yes, education was mostly question/answer and debate -- and in the marketplace of a private dwelling, yes.
    Read through this article, which is quite good. You can also use Ctrl + F and search the text for the word education or something similar to find the places where all this is discussed.

    You might also use Google or whatever search engine you like to search for definitions and examples of "Socratic method." It'll be very interesting.

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    "and in the marketplace of a private dwelling, yes" ~~> should be "or a private dwelling"

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    Also be sure to keep in mind that comedies in ancient Greece were mainly satire or parody. So, yes, Socrates will be depicted differently in Aristophanes' work than in Plato's.

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    Thank You
    I am still having writers block writing an intro and conclusion, any ideas of things I can put in would be appreciated.

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    Have you written the paper yet? You cannot usually introduce a paper that you haven't written yet!

    Follow the writing process, whether you're writing for science, history, English, or whatever:

    Prewriting: Brainstorm, research, plan, outline, thesis statement

    Writing: Write first draft by starting with section II of your outline; write introduction after the body of the paper is written; write the conclusion last.

    Polishing: Revise, concentrating first on the body of the paper, then the intro, then the concl (revision = making sure ideas are logical and sequential and support your thesis); proofread (spelling, grammar, usage, etc.)

    Do you have a thesis yet? Have you done your brainstorming (and maybe research) yet? Have you written an outline?
    Check in the Essay & Research Paper Level.

    Let us know.

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    I have written most of the paper. The thesis is Socrates is depicted differently in Plato's dialogue and Aristophanes' Clouds in terms of the education he provides and his beliefs.

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