Pre-AP English 10/ Period 2
25 September 2014
Proper Civil Disobedience in Society Today
Are you willing to stand up for what you believe in? Civil disobedience is when a person decides to refuse to obey a particular law because they believe that the law is immoral or discriminates against others. Many people strive to make a change in the world but use unlawful violence and they are unwilling to accept the consequences for their actions. Time and time again authors have wrote about proper civil disobedience these works include; Sophocles’ play Antigone, Gandhi’s The Wit and Wisdom of Gandhi and Martin Luther King Junior’s Letter From a Birmingham Jail. From these writings society can learn to demonstrate proper civil disobedience by standing up for what they believe in while accepting the consequences for their actions, but never using violence. Sophocles’ play Antigone, Gandhi’s The Wit and Wisdom of Gandhi and King’s A Letter from a Birmingham Jail all are primary examples of standing up for what is right and it can lead to change. First off, Antigone is the ideal example of someone standing up for what they think is just. Antigone says, “Ismene, I am going to bury him. Will you come?”(45) Antigone decided to stand up for what she believed in, even when Ismene doesn’t completely agree with her actions, but like Antigone says, “I am only doing what I must.” Antigone confirms that she is willing to do whatever it takes to provide her brother with a proper burial, even if it means completing it alone. Furthermore, In The Wit and Wisdom of Gandhi, Gandhi states, “It is contrary to our manhood if we obey laws repugnant to our conscience.” This denotes; why would we ever follow laws that do not reflect our morals? Gandhi’s philosophy was “It is our duty to let them hear our advice”, thus raising awareness. In my next example, King makes an amazing point, the person that acts against an immoral law “is in reality expressing the...
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