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Arrogance Essay

  • Submitted by: juliayen
  • on December 16, 2008
  • Category: Social Issues
  • Length: 327 words

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“Dear Mr. President” relates to Sophocles’ Antigone because both works are sending a message of a superior being not believing in the opinions of others. In “Dear Mr. President” by Pink, the artist is trying to convince the reader that a superior figure is not interested in the nation’s saying of what or what not to do. For example, when Pink states, “How do you walk with your head held high” (Pink 12)?   She is questioning the President how he is pleased with the decisions and actions he has made, while the rest helplessly, suffer. In addition, when Pink states, “How do you dream when a mother has no chance to say goodbye” (Pink 29)? Pink is questioning the President, if it was his son, chosen by the law to serve in a war, would he then still follow the law? This clearly relates to Antigone because a powerful force, Creon, the king of Thebes, has enforced laws according to his will. For example, when Creon says, “Polyneices, I say is to have no burial: no man is to touch him: he shall lie on the plain, unburied and the birds and scavenging dogs can do with him whatever they like” (Sophocles I 46-9). The quote has the same concept as “Dear Mr. President”, because a king, in this case, is making laws for everyone to follow, whether they like it or not. Additionally, when Antigone informs Ismene that they must bury Polyneices, Ismene in shock says, “Bury him! You have just said the new law forbids it” (Sophocles Prologue 55-6). This quote also relates to “Dear Mr. President” because it is proving that the people don’t have a saying in the law. That the king enforces the law and everyone must follow, or face a death penalty. Both works, Antigone and “Dear Mr. President” relate to each other because both show a superior being uninterested in the opinions of others.

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