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A Strength to Not Let Injustice Stand My other name is Antigone. I am persistent and I am not afraid to embrace my stubbornness. I am not the wilting flower, unable to speak my mind, or powerless to fix the injustices of this world. I am strong, even more so than most men, and I use this strength to go against people of power and to point out the injustices I see on any level, even if it means risking something dear to me. On the family level, I fight against my father over the injustices he causes. For example, very recently, when I went home for Thanksgiving break, I was fairly sick with a bad cold. One morning, my parents and I were going to go to a play, and because of my sickness, I was moving a little slower than my father would have liked, although I still was moving at a reasonable rate. Therefore, he told me that I could not go to the show with them. Legitimately, I was upset by this and found it to be unjust. When my father returned from his afternoon jaunt, I informed him clearly of his unjust acts, and thus, because he was unwilling to admit he was wrong, we became locked in a battle of wills. Our battles are not very uncommon, and when they occur, both of us are too stubborn to simply admit our mistakes and move on, but my father is usually more upset about the fact that his daughter is telling him he is wrong than the fact that anyone is pointing out that he is wrong. Often during our confrontations I hear phrases such as “In my house…” and “When you have your own family…”. Clearly, he is bothered by the fact that someone below him in power is pointing out his mistakes. Nonetheless, I still fight against injustices on the family level. Similarly, Antigone fights against the highest power in her own family, her uncle, Creon. In Greek culture, a woman belonged to the highest ranking male in her family, such as her father or her husband, but in Antigone’s family, she belongs to Creon. It is therefore extremely odd that she purposefully goes against her uncle’s wishes. In some ways, her going against Creon could 1
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be compared to an African American slave going against his master’s wishes in the pre-Civil War South. In either case, there are dangers to disobedience. Because of the intimate family connection, Antigone’s acts anger Creon all the more. Not only is she a woman, who is supposed to be submissive to all men, but she is also of his house and family. As Creon himself exclaims, “Pride? In a slave?. ...Who is the man here, she or I, if this crime goes unpunished?” (Sophocles 209). By speaking out about the injustice she sees, she upsets the balance of family power. With my father and myself, our stubborn battles would almost always end in my being
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