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The short play Antigone was written in 441 BC by the Greek playwrightSophocles It deals with some of the most basic problems that affect a societyOne of them is Civil Disobedience Civil Disobedience both a right andresponsibility of a person to fight an unjust lawGovernment is given the right to control a group of people by the peoplecomposing the group If an individual has a problem with an injustice they feelhas been placed against them then they have a right to convey this CivilDisobedience allows one to convey their thoughts and ideas in a passivenonviolent way It can be used when one believes that they are morally rightand that others will agree with them Antigone conveys this thought when shetells No one will ever convict me for a traitor Page 61 In a nonviolentfrom Civil Disobedience is a basic human rightOften society has laws that individuals feel is immoral or unjustAntigone decided to bury Polynices for she was obeying the gods even though itwas declared illegal by Creon Look on me you noble sons of Thebes- the lastof a great line kings I alone see what I suffer now at the hands of breed ofmen- all for reverence my reverence for the gods page 106 This quoteillustrates how Antigone believed that the power of the gods was greater thanthe power of any king If she had obeyed Creon she would have disobeyed thestronger power of the gods which could have had more of a devastating result onher Antigone shows us thru Civil Disobedience that breaking some ofsocieties laws is both a right and responsibility
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