The Apology features a most passionate Socrates defending the very ideas he lived and died for.
Unlike other dialogues, Socrates addresses himself to the polis itself. In a combative arena, given the particular charges, can Socrates reasonably expect to convince the jury by force of argument alone? Was Socrates trying to get himself acquitted? Or is Plato presenting him as a new type of warrior, the New Achilles for a more enlightened age. In any case, for Socrates disgrace is certainly worse than death