Plato's Apology term papers show that one of the themes to be found in Plato’s Apology has to do with the relationship that exists between an individual and the truth. Socrates, who could have avoided the trial altogether by fleeing Athens, and who could have avoided condemnation by groveling before the court, and who could have escaped Athens after his condemnation (see Crito), chose to do none of these convenient things. He believed that he had a certain relationship to the truth and that that relationship carried with it the ethical duty to speak it at any and all times. To save his life by refusing to speak the truth was, as he saw it, tantamount to a soldier deserting his post during battle, “Where a man has once taken up his stand…there he is bound to remain and face the danger….”
There was a great deal of politics surrounding this trial. Athens had lost the Peloponnesian War and her empire. The aristocratic party—represented by the Thirty--had seized power and been ousted by democratic elements. The leaders of the restored democracy were suspicious of Socrates because he had spoken out against certain democratic institutions, such as selection of magistrates by lot, because he had been associated with certain aristocrats such as Alcibiades and Critias, and because he had, in general, offended a great number of people by proving the absurdity of their pretensions. The process by which he had come to be so loathed is explained in the Apology.