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Antigone and Mrs. Hale, the two main characters in Antigone, by Sophocles and Trifles, by Susan Glaspell demonstrate civil disobediences

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Sin Dat Sin Daniel Lambert English 28 11/20/12 Civil Disobediences in ?Antigone? and ?Trifles? Civil Disobedience is the purposeful violation of a law to show that it is unconstitutional or morally defective. About 50 years ago, Martin Luther King and his fellows committed an act of civil disobedience to show that the current laws were unjust in order to get the justice back for all black people in America. So do Antigone and Mrs. Hale, the two main characters in ?Antigone,? by Sophocles and ?Trifles,? by Susan Glaspell demonstrate civil disobediences. In ?Antigone,? after Creon defeats Polyneices and Plyneices? soldiers, Creon declares Polyneices a tyrant who does not deserve burial rites as Polyneices? sister, Antigone tries to bury him to protect his honor as she disobeys the laws. In ?Trifles?, Mrs. Hale protects her neighbor from being charged as she breaks the laws in front of the Sheriff and the County Attorney. ...read more.

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Throughout the play there are signs in the natural world that the gods are on the side of Antigone. Interestingly, there are no footprints left beside the body when Antigone puts dust on Polyneices. It's as if the earth itself is attempting to aid Antigone in her crime. In ?Trifles?, after discovering the motive why Mrs. Wright kills her husband, with empathy and sympathy Mrs. Hale quietly hide the evidence to protect her neighbor. According to the story, after looking around the room, the women discover an empty birdcage and eventually find the dead bird in a box in Mrs. Wright's sewing. The bird has been strangled in the same manner as John Wright. Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale know that the bird could be just the motive they are looking for. They could report this to the man immediately to convict Mrs. ...read more.

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Hale breaks the laws to protect her neighbor, Mrs. Wright, from being charged. She assumes that Minnie Wright must have suffered terribly because of John Wright's cold nature by saying, ?I don?t think a place?d be any cheer fuller for John Wright?s being in it.? (1031). Therefore Mrs. Hale comes to realize that Minnie Wright is worthy of her protection. In conclusion, the two characters Antigone and Mrs. Hale?s acts are similar; they do what they believe to be right. However, each one of them has her very own distinct way to handle her ?crimes.? Antigone goes on with the burial of her brother because she does not want to face the retribution of the gods. She already knows that she will one day die and she would rather die now than to let her brother rot. On the contrast, Mrs. Hale doesn?t really know the suspect and has never known the victim, yet she has sympathy for Mrs. Wright. She chooses to protect Mrs. Wright, a poor, suffering, lonely woman by quietly, artfully hiding the evidence. ...read more.

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