Civil Disobedience And Martin Luther King 's Letter From Birmingham Jail

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In order to achieve the Good Life, sometimes we have to fight for what we believe in. In those instances, we may be forced to commit actions that may not be looked upon lightly such as committing civil disobedience. In Sophocles 's “Antigone” and Martin Luther King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail”, both, King and Antigone, were supporters and activist of civil disobedience. However, both, Antigone and Martin Luther King had different methods of conducting civil disobedience and viewed civil disobedience differently. Furthermore, Antigone and Martin Luther King were both steadfast in what they believed in and used civil disobedience to fight for their cause. Despite this similarity of theirs, they each had a different approach to carrying out civil disobedience. Antigone crossed the King of Thebes for the honor of her family and it was against the moral law, while King’s justification for his actions was to achieve racial equality for those that were oppressed at that time. On the other hand, Antigone was also brash and stubborn in the way she explained her reasoning for her civil disobedience, while on the other hand, Martin Luther King was very humble and subtle with his approach.

The difference between Antigone’s and King’s reason for committing civil disobedience is that Antigone wanted to honor and gain pride for her family, while, King wanted to acknowledge the injustice that was occurring to African Americans. Furthermore, Antigone 's past was riddled with…
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