Examples Of Civil Disobedience In Antigone

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Civil disobedience is a very strong term used to describe situations in which people are standing up for what they believe in and going against authority. When the word disobedience is used, it is automatically thought of as a negative scenario. Not all civil disobedience situations are bad. For example, in Antigone by Sophocles, Antigone shows civil disobedience when she stands up to Creon so her brother can have a proper burial. From Creon’s view, Antigone was being extremely disobedient to him, but from Antigone and the town’s view, Antigone was standing up for what she believed in and knew was right. Likewise to ancient civil disobedience, modern civil disobedience has the same definition. It is not just disobeying authority, but also being brave and…show more content…
Modern civil disobedience is shown in many situations, but mostly in the articles, “Saudi Arabia Women Defy Authorities Over Female Driving Ban,” “ Fast Food Worker Civil Disobedience,” and “A Leading Pioneer.” Similar to how Antigone stood up for her brother to Creon and portrayed civil disobedience, modern civil disobedience was shown when many people defied authority and started to drive, went on strike for a higher pay raise, and competed in a men's running race. All humans have rights, no matter what religion, gender, age, or race they are. Antigone, who is included in those categories, does not have the equal amount of rights compared to Creon. Antigone doesn't believe Creon can say or control what she does, so she performs an act of civil disobedience. Antigone, knowing the law, goes behind Creon's back and covers her brother with a thin layer of dust that will take his curse away. She stands up to Creon and says, “He has no right to keep me from my own.” (Sophocles 48). Antigone is implying that the “he” in this sentence, which is Creon, cannot keep her from giving
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