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Does Freedom Require Virtue Throughout history poets such as Sophocles Plato and Augustine have discussed what it is to be a virtuous person The question that many have asked is if freedom requires virtue In my personal opinion I believe without virtue freedom would not be able to survive A community or state needs virtuous people Even though all may not have virtue it is important that the majority must be able to know right from wrong In Sophocles Plato and Augustines writings they show their opinion on the relationship between freedom and virtue Each writer does this in his own special way In Sophocles play Antigone the question of whether to bury Polynices body is argued Creon has set a law stating anyone who has gone against their own city shall not be buried and be left to die Polynices sister Antigone believes this law is unnecessary She decides to go against Creon and follow what she believes is the one true law the law of the Gods Sophocles uses the characters extremely well to show the relationship between freedom and virtue In the beginning Creon took away peoples freedom to worship the dead as they please Eventually through persuasion and Creon finally realizing he was morally wrong in what he has done O sins of a mind that is minded to stray Antigone p 48 Sophocles shows how without the virtues of his characters peoples freedoms would be taken away without hesitation There is many times in Platos Crito Socrates mentions having virtue During Socrates and Critos conversation Socrates asks if Crito could really retaliate against his countrys laws And you will say that you are right to do so you who truly care for virtue Crito pg 53 If they plan on going against their country their freedom will be removed This shows those without virtue will no longer have freedom Virtuous people show they shall live without freedom because
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