Compare And Contrast Gandhi And Civil Disobedience

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The man of nonviolent resistance, Mohandas K. Gandhi once said “‘Civil disobedience, is the inherent right of a citizen.... Above all, [it] must have no ill will or hatred behind it” (Contemporary Heroes and Heroines). Meaning it is one’s free will that makes them able to be civil disobedient. This is shown through the character Antigone in the play Antigone by Sophocles. Also through one of history’s most influential people Mohandas K. Gandhi of India. His civil disobedience is shown through a speech called To Every Englishman in India by none other than himself, and a biography titled Mohandas Gandhi by the writers of Contemporary Heroes and Heroines. Many people refer to him as Mohandas Gandhi a.k.a Mahatma Gandhi, and more simply as Gandhi …show more content…
Antigone persists on having a proper burial for her brother, and ignores all the laws pertaining to Polyneices burial. Her act of civil disobedience does not affect her; to her it is just fulfilling an act worthy of anyone. Comparable to Antigone, Mohandas Gandhi wanted to bring the rights of every other race to equilibrium with the ones of the Hindu-Muslims in India, prompted him to initiate a movement. The movement that was initiated was a nationwide non-cooperation movement against the British Empire. It was launched in 1920, it “demonstrated to Britain that it was futile to rule a society where a collective unwillingness to be ruled existed” (Gandhi). This act headed by Gandhi is protecting the people of India’s human rights because they don’t want to be governed by an outside force, where they have the willpower to do it themselves. This movement came from Mahatma’s free will to protect his rights and those of his fellow Hindu-Muslims. Similarly, Antigone protects her deceased brother’s rights by burying him while the government denied it because he was a traitor. When the soldiers found the one who buried Polyneices, Antigone get into an argument over whether it was right for her to bury or not. But as they argue Antigone explains that he is given a proper burial traitor or not. Creon and Antigone argue that “There …show more content…
They both seek to do things that help influence themselves or the people around them through their choices they make along the way and how they decide to protect human rights. Antigone chooses to bury Polyneices and defend his human rights of a proper burial. Gandhi refuses to move which start his non violent revolts and protects his rights through a nonviolent movement. These two people from our world’s past, as well as many other influential people, have influenced this world for the better. Whether it be to stop racial discrimination or give someone all their rights that they are entitled to as a human

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