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Sophocles's and Thoreau
This paper discusses the theme of civil obedience in Sophocles's "Antigone" and Thoreau's "On the Duty of Civil Disobedience".
# 50509 | 1,045 words | 2 sources | APA | 2004 | US

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This paper explains that "Antigone" and "On the Duty of Civil Disobedience" share a common theme that civil disobedience is valid and agreeable for individuals to conduct because the moral law and the conscience take precedence in a human's priority over legal laws imposed by "mortals" only. The author points out that the function of literature as the mirror of the society is illustrated effectively in the most popular and well-known literary work of Sophocles, the play "Antigone". The paper relates that Henry David Thoreau's discourse on the nature of government and its functions and dysfunctions in the society is discussed thoroughly in "On the Duty of Civil Disobedience".

From the Paper:

"People do not only experience governments and the political state of societies, because political institutions are also illustrated and mirrored effectively through literature. Although considered an art form, literature also provides people with insights and subjective reflections of individuals about specific issues that the author deems important not only for him/her, but also for the society s/he lives in. More than anything, literature is an effective medium through which irregularities and conflicts that happen between the government and society or individual is reflected and informed to other people as an issue of public interest."

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