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    1. Explain how the idea expressed in the quote relates to the subject area from which it is comes.
    2. Give present-day examples and/or examples from your own experience to illustrate and justify the point of view. (1-1 1/2 pages)

    Quote: The strong get away with what they can, while the weak suffer what they must (The Sophists)

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    This passage is talking about power and the relationship between those in power and those who are not within a society at the time of the Sophists. In fact, there can few passages as this one in historical or political writing as memorable or reflected upon from Book V:89 of The Peloponnesian War: "Athenians: "For ourselves, we shall not trouble you with specious pretenses - either of how we have a right to our empire because we [defeated the Persians seventy years ago], or are now attacking you because of wrong that you have done us - and make a long speech which would not be believed; and in return we hope that you, instead of thinking to influence us by saying that you did not join the Spartans, although their colonists, or that you have done us no wrong, will aim at what is feasible, holding in view the real sentiments of us both; since you know as well as we do that right, as the world goes, is only in question between equals in power, while the strong do what they can ...

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    By addressing the questions, this solution explains in full: The strong get away with what they can, while the weak suffer what they must (The Sophists).