Theme Of Courage In Antigone

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Civil disobedience is a peaceful way to protest against unjust laws. There’s always going to be someone who does not agree with the government in some aspects. However they choose to express their opinion is their choice. Some act upon it by posting bitter comments on social media, or even just arguing about it with others, but it takes the bravest and the boldest to go about it publicly. The ones who do whatever it takes to stand up for what they believe in, are truly brave. In the play, Antigone , by Sophocles, and the poem, “If We Must Die”, by Claude McKay, civil disobedience is presented through very courageous individuals. In both of these pieces of literature, it reveals that civil disobedience requires courage. The first…show more content…
When she says, “ I say that this crime is holy,” she is stating that her brother deserves to be honored in death, whether it be against the law or not, she will bury him. If she “must die”, she knows it will be for a purpose and she is willing to sacrifice her life for that purpose. Antigone is brave enough to stand up for her brother’s honor, once again proving she has more courage than Creon. Antigone continues to discuss with Ismene how she feels and declares, “ I am not afraid of danger; if it means death, it will not be the worst of deaths - death without honor.” She is admits her concern for her brothers’ death without being honored. When Antigone announces, “ I am not afraid of danger”, she is confessing her dis-concern for what will happen to her if she acts upon her plan. She is not afraid of Creon or what he will do to her, she is only focused on burying Polyneices. She is very courageous to even think about defying Creon. Antigone then goes to Creon to voice her opinion him, to which he replies, “Who is the man here, She or I, if this crime goes unpunished (Source A)?” Creon is questioning who is superior in the situation if he does not deal with the problem at hand. Antigone is…show more content…
At the time, the colored community was still discriminated against and separated from the white community. The colored community begins to stand up against the white community because of the unjust laws against them, and white community becomes displeased with the situation. The speaker proclaims, “ O let us nobly die ( Source B ).” By saying “nobly die”, the speaker is admitting that he knows they will die. He fully understands the circumstance and how what they are doing will effect them. When the speaker states, “ O let us”, he is welcoming the presence of death and whatever comes their way into the situation. He accepts the fact that they will die for standing up for what they believe in, and as long as they die a noble death, he is accepting that fact. These people have the courage to stand up to their oppressors, whether they are going to die or not. They are courageous enough to sacrifice their lives for what they believe to be right. The speaker then proceeds to imply, “The monsters we defy shall be constrained to honor us though dead ( Source B ).” In saying this, the speaker is revealing the fact that these “monsters” shall be forced to remember them once they are killed. The “monsters” do not see the error of their ways, and are yet to realize it. The speaker is implying
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