At the end of his devilish and extremely penetrating argument, Glaucon delivers a coup’ de grace to Socrates. After all this, in the end, the Unjust Man has everything and the Just Man has nothing. The Unjust Man has power, wealth, women, friends, favor of the gods, and all that a mortal could want in this life and the next. He is the ultimate winner by common standards, and the Just Man stands in contrast as the ultimate loser.

Socrates has a serious uphill battle ahead of him after such a fatal blow to his previous claim about justice being necessary for the health of the soul. To show this desperate situation, you can see the Just Man hanging on with little hope; the Unjust Man poised to strike down this fool and the silly notion that justice is in any way superior to injustice in what it can do for an individual.

Fear not! All is not lost; Socrates will not allow the Just Man to fall so easily…