5 October 2012
Antigone v. Susan B Anthony In the play Antigone by Sophocles, the main character defies the king and the civil law of Thebes to follow her heart and put her brother, Polyneices, to rest. Most people know the name Susan B Anthony; she exhibited civil disobedience in the form of illegally voting in the 1872 Presidential elections. Many people will be surprised to find out that Antigone and Susan are a lot alike. They both fought for what they believed in, despite the fact that they were women and were "sexually inferior" to men, but they have their differences as well; which include, Antigone was defying the law because she wanted her brother to have a proper burial, but Susan defied the law because she felt women deserved the same voting rights as men. Why are women treated differently compared to men? All throughout history women have been treated as and given less than men. In Antigone, Creon shows his sexism by saying, "We keep the laws then, and the lawmakers, and no woman shall seduce us. If we must lose, let’s lose to a man, at least! Is a woman stronger than we (Creon, 792)?” Judging from this statement, Creon believes that it would be better to lose to a man stronger than him than a woman, Creon also appears to have pride issues. Even though the lawmakers and Creon looked down on Antigone for being a woman, she still fought for what she believed in. Likewise, Susan B Anthony was told she couldn't do a lot of things. When Susan wanted to vote in the presidential elections, the New York state government told her and all the other women in the country that they were not allowed to vote in the elections. Despite the governments' warnings, the fact Susan was a woman and clearly not allowed to vote, she still fought for her beliefs and voted anyway. Antigone and Susan both show characteristics of strong, prideful...