These two characters you now see before you, the upright “Just Man” and the rather nefarious looking “Unjust Man” are original to this work. Though Glaucon makes mention of a just and unjust man prior to his retelling of The Ring of Gyges and again in the subsequent argument, he does not give them any sort of defining characteristics. Given that justice is the central theme of the Republic and that it will often be raised in contrast with injustice, we decided to embody the two states of being (being just/unjust) in these two figures. It turns out that they are very convenient conduits through which we can communicate and illustrate Plato’s messages. For that reason, they will follow us through most of the Republic.