Similarities Between Antigone And Martin Luther King Jr.

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Martin Luther King Jr., a well-known symbol in the African-American Civil Rights movement once said,“life’s most persistent and urgent question is ‘What are you doing for others?’” This quote relates to his efforts to make America a better place for not only him and his family but for everyone around him. His actions against authority are a symbol to everyone suffering from racism because he is willing to sacrifice himself for a greater good. Unlike Martin Luther King Jr. some people resist authority for selfish reasons such as popularity or wealth. People with selfless qualities are motivated to help the people around them to be liberated, which cause them to resist authority in hopes of a civil environment for their peers.
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Creon denies Polyneices, Antigone’s brother, burial rights and Antigone feels obligated to give him the proper burial because it is extremely important to her and for him. She is willing to go against Creon while her sister is not, due to the lack of her selfless qualities. Because her family is so important to her, she tells her sister that, “no man shall say that I betrayed my brother” (Sophocles 2). Antigone would rather honor her brother than obey Creon because she feels that his burial is imperative to Creon’s rules. She is willing to risk her life to empower the people around her to stand up for what they believe in. Antigone’s noble qualities make it possible for her to go against Creon for her brother. She owns up to her actions to Creon because she believes what she did was the right decision. Her sister, Ismene, tries to take the blame because she wishes she did help give the proper burial to her brother when in fact she was not brave enough to resist authority. Antigone tells Ismene that she has died a long time ago when she risked her life for her deceased brother. She believes her brothers burial is more important than Creon’s laws. She is willing to give her life to bury her brother against Creon’s wishes and selflessly says“‘ I gave my life to save the dead’” (Sophocles 16). Antigone is brave enough to not only go against authority but to also admit to what she did and take the punishment. She does this because she wants her brother to be recognized and thinks that it is more important to provide him a proper burial then to obey Creon. All the townspeople agree with Antigone’s decision and she inspires them to resist authority when they believe that authority is

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