Essay about Antigone By Sophocles And Samuel Adams

1013 Words Oct 12th, 2014 5 Pages
Civil Disobedience In many cases, a person is willing to give everything they possess for what they believe in. Their moral convictions or other reasons encourage them to take actions that they would not usually display. Two examples of individuals following a higher moral law are Antigone, the main character of the age-old Greek play Antigone by Sophocles, and Samuel Adams, an American freedom fighter who led the Boston Tea Party in 1773. Both of these individuals committed civil disobedience, which is a peaceful yet meaningful nonviolent form of resistance committed by breaking specific laws set by a government or other group. Though both committed civil disobedience, Antigone’s and Samuel Adams’s situations differed greatly in their motives, how others saw their rebellion, and what the aftermath of their actions happened to be.
Within the play Antigone, the eponymous character Antigone displays strong civil disobedience and whilst doing so, influences the thinking of many others, which is what she originally sets out to do. Antigone commits civil disobedience by “[burying] the brother [she] loves” (Pro.69), Polyneices, when Creon had specifically declared that Polyneices “[should] lie on the plain, unburied” (1.41). She commits this act of civil disobedience because she wants her brother’s soul to find peace after death. However, an important factor of the civil disobedience that she displays is that she does not take proud, unnecessary actions of defiance, she simply…

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