The Law Of The State And Natural, Or Divine Law Essay

1502 Words Apr 6th, 2016 7 Pages
The balance between the law of the state and natural, or divine law is a topic that has been scrutinized for thousands of years. Antigone by Sophocles and “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. share similar standpoints on the controversial matter that has baffled philosophers. Sophocles uses Antigone to assert his opinion, as she disobeys Creon’s law and buries her brother, Polyneices. Similarly, King structures his plan of nonviolent direct action and civil disobedience to curtail racial injustice and segregation. While there are many similarities, each text has several technicalities regarding civil disobedience that differ. Although Antigone and Martin Luther King Jr. both believe that individuals have the right to disobey unjust laws, their justification for disobedience differs, the conflicts vary, and their motives are not parallel.
Antigone by Sophocles and “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. both adeptly describe the concept of civil disobedience regarding the law. As stated in “Background to Antigone”, Antigone was written by Sophocles in 442 B.C. and it is considered to be the third Theban play (1). The play is a Greek tragedy that discusses the concept of civil disobedience and the law. Sophocles skillfully uses Antigone as a medium to transmit his thoughts about the matter. According to the article, Sophocles presented the play at a festival to honor Dionysus (1). The political climate at the time included the…

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