This could be interpreted through looking at the actual death of Socrates. In his old years, Socrates was accused by the Athenian government for denying the gods and corrupting the young ones through his teachings (Bertman). Consequence for this alleged subversion is either by renouncing his beliefs or death and between this two, Socrates chose to face his bitter sweet death.
I mentioned it as a bitter sweet death because at the time he was to deal with the punishment, he was calm to accept it to preserve the philosophies and teachings he has imparted to his students. This acceptance of death goes with Socrates’ teaching of immortality of soul. Likewise is the stance of David, who is a known radical activist at his