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Freedom Of Speech In Antigone

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The age of Enlightenment brought the birth of many genius philosophers into the world of the 17th century who all had separate beliefs and teachings. Francois-Marie Arouet, also known as Voltaire had the belief that freedom of speech was beneficial for all aspects of life. Even though we have freedom of speech today many others did not, and it plays a tremendous role on society due to the freedom it brings to our voices. Voltaire had many beliefs to change society, and giving the right to speak freely helped many people. In the play Antigone by Sophocles the protagonist Antigone represents a clear understanding of Voltaire’s belief about the freedom of speech because it represents the freedom of what she has to say against Creon.

Francois-Marie Arouet better known as Voltaire, was born in Paris on the twenty-first of November, 1694. Voltaire was a french enlightenment philosopher, historian and writer, who was most famous for his advocacy of freedom of religion and most importantly his influence on freedom of speech. Voltaire continuously wrote many letters on his beliefs, explaining the reasoning behind them. Voltaire being French had always had admired the english for being so open about their thoughts, beliefs, and culture. Later in his life he left school and immediately wanted to become a famous writer. His father had other plans, he encouraged Voltaire to become a lawyer, but Voltaire went against his wishes. Voltaire, pretending to work in Paris spent the majority
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