Similarities Between Persepolis And Antigone

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Fight for your right Martin Luther King once said, “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.” If it were not for Martin Luther King and his followers, the natural rights for the African American population would not have been secured. It is understood that every human possesses this inherent list of human rights, which include the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; however, natural rights are never guaranteed. Members of society must be willing to fight, to the death if necessary, to keep their rights intact. Both Marji from Persepolis and Antigone from…show more content…
In Greek tradition, the act of burial is left to the females of the house. Without proper burial, it was believed that a soul would never reach heaven. Antigone broke Creon's law and when captured proclaimed, “Your edict, King, was strong, But all your strength is weakness itself against The immortal unrecorded laws of God” (359-361). Antigone is adhering to the law put in place by the gods. Antigone may have broken Creon's law, but since it was to obey the laws of the gods, the act is justified. Creon may have the authority of a king; however, the laws of the gods have ultimate authority. Antigone deserves a pardon because she obeyed the laws of the gods. Another reason she should be pardoned is because of her selflessness. Antigone knows she will die if she buries her brother’s body, and yet she selflessly sacrifices her own life to honor her brother. Antigone exclaims, “I shall lie down With him in death, and I shall be as dear To him as he to me” (56-58). As Creon’s men figure out that she buried Polynices, Antigone is brought before Creon and sentenced to death and Antigone goes willingly, which shows her selflessness and dedication to her brother. Antigone’s unwavering selflessness makes her deserving of a pardon. On top of her selflessness, Antigone has a heroic character that is normally only shown in male characters. Her heroic character is exemplified when she

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