Would you follow a law if it serves no purpose to you or others? or if you felt that it was wrong to a certain group or ethnicity? Many people know the story Antigone by Sophocles, a kingdom set in ruins as two brothers end up killing each other over a land given to them by their father. As said in lines 165-175 Creon states “Polyneices, I say, is to have no burial: no man is to touch him or the least prayer for him; he shall lie on the plain, unburied.” Being as how both brothers fought fighting for their beliefs they should both get a proper military honored burial as believed by their sister Antigone. Antigone being the one to fight for her beliefs and obeying the god's laws attempts the burial of Polyneices and goes against Creon’s law to prove to him that he’s in over his head that he has too much pride in himself, in lines 15-35 Antigone claims that she is going to go
During the nineteenth century, the United States had a historical turn with the 17th president of the country Andrew Johnson. According to several printed and online sources, Johnson was born during the first years of the nineteenth century in 1808. He was elected the 17th president of the US in 1865 and served the States for four years as his presidential mandate. He believed in his Democratic party at the time to base his politics.
Martin Luther King once stated in "The Letter from Birmingham Jail", "Any individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust and willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment to arouse the conscience of the community over it injustice is in reality, expressing the highest respect for the law" (King 411). King meant that, if anyone feels a law is unjust and needed to expose its injustice, should willingly accept any penalty that comes in their way to help arouse people 's conscience in changing that law. In “The Letter from Birmingham Jail”, Martin Luther King explains the four powerful steps of the nonviolent campaign he used to protest against racial injustice for African-Americans
After nearly one-hundred and fifty years of living in the New World, the colonists were anxious to be separated from their mothering country, England. Thomas Jefferson and other colonists got together to write an official document called the Declaration of Independence in July of 1776 to send to King George III. This document stated how the colonists were being treated unjustly and how independence should be granted to the citizens. The Declaration of Independence promises natural rights for all men, however, some rights such as suffrage, are not realized for some disenfranchised groups.
The Civil Rights Movement gained traction around the 1950s, paving the way for many other oppressed groups. These groups fought for different rights, but they still had a similar struggle to the original movement. One of these groups is the Gay Rights Movement. The comparison between the black civil rights movement and the gay civil rights movement is “typically a sensitive subject, even among liberals” (Williams). Some people believe that it is unfair to compare a fight for marriage to a fight to gain equality in every aspect. If they step back and see the bigger picture, they could tell that the structures are very similar. The Gay Rights Movement is similar to the black Civil Rights Movement.
The future of same-sex marriage has long been a question in the United States; on June 26, 2015, under the U.S. Supreme Court decision of Obergefell v. Hodges, the country finally got an answer. In a five to four decision, the Supreme court determined that under the Fourteenth Amendment, marriage between same- sex couples is legal in all fifty states. Under this decision, states that had previously banned same-sex marriage will have to recognize and permit same-sex marriage within their boundaries. The U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges is a landmark decision that will not affect same-sex couples throughout the nation, but also every aspect of our society. Having been hired by a sociologist who wants to study the effect of
Burying the dead is something that Antigone felt strongly about and thought that all people should have the right to after they leave us. Do we not all believe that burying the dead is a religious belief that we all share for what is morally right? Clearly, people of Thebes, if you do not share in this belief that burying the dead is a part of our moral beliefs, then clearly you also do not believe in new life after we pass over. Before Antigone died she spoke, “But I will bury him; and if I must die,/I say that this crime is holy: I shall lie down/With him in death, and I shall be as dear/To him as he to me” (816). This statement spoken by Antigone not only shows her loyalty to her brother and to her family, and despite the consequences, but none of that matters if it is right and it is holy. Therefore, Antigone’s motive for what she did was in true loyalty and compassion for her brother and
In Antigone, the titular character buries the body of her brother, Polynices, despite a declaration from Creon that no one shall bury him or else they will face death as well. Antigone believes that divine law, the right of all bodies to be buried, is greater than Creon’s law. She also claims she could not leave the body and live on in grief and she is not afraid of death. Antigone makes the right choice in sacrificing her life to bury her brother because she makes Creon a better person, does what she knows is right, and receives eternal benefits.
Thomas Jefferson once wrote "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." Thomas (1776)
In this essay I will prove the point that the case of Loving v. Virginia made it inevitable that the court would eventually rule the way it did in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges. Chief Justice Earl Warren’s opinion on this case was that “Marriage is one of the "basic civil rights of man," fundamental to our very existence and survival… To deny this fundamental freedom on so unsupportable a basis as the racial classifications embodied in these statutes, classifications so directly subversive of the principle of equality at the heart of the Fourteenth Amendment, is surely to deprive all the State's citizens of liberty without due process of law. The Fourteenth Amendment requires that the freedom of choice to marry not be restricted by invidious
The 14th Amendment was created after the civil war in 1868 and the underlying premise of the amendment gives equal protection and rights to slaves. This main idea was obviously the cause of the civil war and gaining freedom from slaves. Although, another part of the Amendment was what is known as the “due process” in which citizens are granted rights to life, liberty, and property. A huge topic of controversy for years has been the idea of same-sex couples being able to marry, and recently in 2015 the supreme court ruled that same sex marriage is legal which to some was very surprising, although some believe that with the 14th amendment, this is a right that should
1967, a court case was brought up to supreme court, involving two people, a white male and a black female fighting for their right to love each other without having any consequences. One night this married couple were arrested and banished and even jailed due to the fact these two people were just sleeping in the same bed and living in the same house. The laws prohibiting the right to interracial marriage and these two to even be together was called miscegenation laws. These laws prohibited any different race from being together, especially blacks and whites. The loving vs. Virginia court case proved that miscegenation laws were unconstitutional and exchanged back equality after the case was resolved, these laws didn’t allow any race to marry another and had unnecessary rules and punishments
In June of 1958, Richard Loving, a white man, married Mildred Delores Jeter, a part African American and part Native American woman. The couple got married in Washington, D.C., outside of their hometown of Caroline County, Virginia. Shortly after the wedding, they returned home to Virginia. At the time, Virginia law included the Racial Integrity Act of 1924, which banned an interracial couple from marrying. The Lovings married in the District of Columbia in order to escape the multiracial laws of Virginia. Not long after they wed, a police officer barged into their home on an anonymous tip and saw the two together. They were arrested and charged with breaking the law. They were held in jail for a few days before pleading guilty to their marriage
Creon sentences Antigone to death, even though she is his niece and his son was engaged to her. Antigone deserved to be punished, but not by death. Antigone’s death causes Haemon, Creon’s son, to kill himself. Haemon killing himself causes his mother, Creon’s wife, to do the same. Creon is left miserable, this could have been avoided if Antigone had not been sentenced to death. Creon says “Whatever my hands have touched has come to nothing Fate has brought all my pride to a thought of dust”(end). A fair sentence for Antigone would have magbe been a year behind bars and some community service.
In the play, Antigone by Sophocles, Antigone argues that her older brother should be given the respect of a proper burial to be able to pass through Purgatory. Antigone supports her argument by using Pathos and Ethos to persuade the king Creon to go back on the law of anyone attempting to Polyneices a burial they will be punished. Antigone’s purpose is to give her brother the burial that will allow him to pass onto the afterlife she believes in. Antigone uses an argumentative tone for the proper burial of her brother. In seeking a proper burial for her brother, Polyneices, Antigone’s standards of divine justice provide a more effective argument than that of the king