Here Socrates is personalizing the argument by
giving the laws a human form that speaks to him. This makes the abstraction
of the argument more tangible and will provide
Socrates an opportunity to eventually draw an
analogy between the law and his parents. This is a powerful analogy considering
that parents, specifically the father, had virtually complete control over
their children. Offspring, in return, were expected to honor and obey their
parents without question.