Antigone And Civil Disobedience

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The play, Antigone, deals with some of the most basic problems that affect society. One of them is civil disobedience. The actions of the White Rose movement and of Antigone show that the act of civil disobedience can be, if properly managed, as effective as violence in creating change in the world. In order to relate the actions of Antigone and The White Rose to civil disobedience, what civil disobedience is must first be understood. The phrase “civil disobedience” first originated in an essay, “Resistance to Government,” by the American author Henry David Thoreau. Thoreau promoted the idea that citizens have the right to exercise resistance against laws they see as unjust or morally wrong. Civil disobedience allows a citizen to convey his or her thoughts and ideas in a nonviolent way. Antigone conveyed this when she said, “No one will ever convict me for a traitor” Antigone decided to bury her brother, for she was obeying the gods, even though it
was declared illegal by the King, and even though she knew she would be killed for her actions. Antigone believed that the power of the gods was greater than the power of any king. Antigone shows, thru civil disobedience, that breaking some of
 societies laws is both a right and responsibility. This ideal was also exhibited by some German youth in World War II that organized the passive resistance movement, The White Rose. The White Rose was a non-violent resistance group in Nazi Germany, consisting of students from the University of Munich and their philosophy professor. The group became known for an anonymous leaflet campaign that called for active opposition to Adolf Hitler. Most Germans took the position, that once war broke out, it was the duty of the citizen to support the government. But Hans and Sophie Scholl, the founders of The White Rose, believed
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