Antigone Rebellion Research Paper

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In the play Antigone, Sophocles introduces a major theme of rebellion in the play’s protagonist, Antigone. The plot develops following the death of Antigone’s brothers. Both of her brothers, Eteocles and Polyneices, died in battle, but the strange part is that they were fighting against each other for their father’s throne. Succeeding their deaths, the King, Creon, orders that Eteocles is the only brother to get a proper burial and funeral. Polyneices, as a result, is to be left untouched and without burial. This injustice towards her brother stirs up many emotions in Antigone; one of the most prevalent was anger. Sophocles’ Antigone brings rise to the controversial issue of rebellion against the higher powers, as Antigone fights for the justice…show more content…
The war lasted from 1775-1783 and ended with American independence. Historians are unsure of what exactly was the tipping point for the Americans against the British, but it has been noted that tensions were high for many years leading up to the war. The British government relentlessly tried numerous times to take advantage of the American colonists. For example, the British imposed many taxes on the colonists, which then led to protests and violence. The Boston Massacre was the killing of five innocent colonists by the British, which clearly led to extreme grievances and anger by the colonists. Another act of revolt by the colonists was in 1773, just after the British had imposed a tax on all tea. In response, many colonists dressed up as Indians and dumped all of the tea into the Boston Harbor. This event is now known as the Boston Tea…show more content…
In 1861, the Civil War began. This was all-out combat over the free states and the slave states. By 1863, there were blacks in the war who were fighting for the Union. By 1870, three new amendments were added to the constitution. The Thirteenth Amendment freed all African Americans from slavery, the Fourteenth granted African Americans citizenship, and the Fifteenth granted voting rights. At this point, the Underground Railroad was finished. It is fairly obvious that the Underground Railroad was a successful rebellion. In the end, the slaves were freed and their missions were accomplished. The slave rebellion was similar to the rebellion of Antigone in Antigone in that the slaves and those helping them were fighting for the rights of the African Americans. They were willing to do anything to get the respect that they felt they deserved, just as Antigone was willing to do anything to get the respect that her brother

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