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Civil Disobedience In Antigone

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However, compliance is not enough for Antigone. The desire to honor her brother goes way beyond her instinct to protect herself. Antigone finally accepts that her sister is not going to help her in her mission: “Go be the person you’ve chosen to be./ I’ll bury Polyneices myself. I’ll do/ what’s honorable, and then I’ll die.” (Antigone lines 84-85) This statement proves that Antigone is aware of what the consequences for her actions will be. She comprehends that choosing to defy the government by honoring her brother will end in certain death, and she seems at peace with her decision. Antigone’s responsibility appears to be the driving force in her defiance. We see plenty of examples in the story where Antigone feels it is her job to preserve…show more content…
Could her act of defiance be considered civil disobedience? “Civil disobedience is an attempt to bring about a change in the law or in government policy through the violation of a law that is believed to be immoral, unconstitutional, or irreligious… in the tradition of civil disobedience, the purpose of violating a law, as a form of protest, has been to appeal to the conscience of the community in having injustice recognized and the law repealed… This objective in civil disobedience is almost always associated with the efforts of the disobedient to disavow personal complicity with an unjust system supported by obedience to the unjust law. There must be a sufficiently clear and logical link between the law or policy that is the object of protest and the law that is violated.” (Churchill 66-67) Assuming that Antigone’s disobedience to the law could be considered civil disobedience may not be totally accurate because, while it was nonviolent and for a greater good, her purpose was not necessarily to “appeal to the conscience of the community in having injustice recognized and the law repealed”. Her motive was not necessarily to bring about change. However, the law was proving to be irreligious. Antigone wanted to do what she wanted because she felt that the gods and her family that had passed on before her would be pleased. Her reasons are directly linked to her family and her faith, and she defies the government for more important reasons than trying to stir up trouble. She makes her choice because of personal
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