Antigone: Civil Disobedience
The short play, Antigone, was written in 441 B.C. by the Greek playwright Sophocles. It deals with some of the most basic problems that affect a society. One of them is Civil Disobedience. Civil Disobedience both a right and responsibility of a person to fight an unjust law.
Government is given the right to control a group of people by the people composing the group. If an individual has a problem with an injustice they feel has been placed against them, then they have a right to convey this. Civil Disobedience allows one to convey their thoughts and ideas in a passive, nonviolent way. It can be used when one believes that they are morally right, and that others will agree with them. Antigone conveys this thought when she tells, "No one will ever convict me for a traitor" (Page 61). In a nonviolent from, Civil Disobedience is a basic human right.
Often society has laws that individuals feel is immoral, or unjust. Antigone decided to bury Polynices, for she was obeying the gods, even though it was declared illegal by Creon. "Look on me, you noble sons of Thebes- the last of a great line kings, I alone, see what I suffer now at the hands of breed of men- all for reverence, my reverence for the gods!" (page 106) This quote illustrates how Antigone believed that the power of the gods was greater than the power of any king. If she had obeyed Creon, she would have disobeyed the stronger power of the gods which could have had more of a devastating result on her.
Antigone shows us, through
Civil Disobedience, that breaking some of
societies laws is both a right and responsibility.
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