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Civil Disobedience
A study of civil disobedience through the theories of Sophocles, Henry David Thoreau, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
# 9482 | 1,615 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2002 | US

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This paper examines the use of civil disobedience throughout the history of humanity, as seen in Sophocles' play "Antigone," Henry David Thoreau's "Civil Disobedience" and Martin Luther King Junior's "Letter from Birmingham Jail." The paper describes the common theme of non-violence, even under the threat of death. It illustrates the effects of demonstrating against oppressive rule of government through this method.

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"Civil disobedience is a common occurrence that can be traced back throughout human history. The long-standing questions that accompany civil disobedience are when is civil disobedience justified, why should you be disobedient, and what actions are morally right during civil disobedience? Sophocles, Henry David Thoreau, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., express their views on this subject matter and propose different answers to these questions by using different rhetorical methods. Sophocles argues two different views of civil disobedience, first the view of Antigone who, is willing to die to obey the laws of the gods, and then the view of Creon, who is the king and made the law of the land the law by which Antigone dies. Thoreau expresses civil disobedience by refusing to pay taxes. Henry David Thoreau argues for the idea of disobeying a government if it does not please the people. Martin Luther King, Jr. makes the better case for civil disobedience through strong rhetorical tactics, organized preparation, and peaceful negotiations."

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