• Thoreau writes, “Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison,” and “if the injustice (of the government’s laws) requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law. Let your life be a counter friction to stop the machine (to the government’s unjust laws).”

Write an essay discussing whether Antigone is right to disobey Creon and his unjust government that condemns the burial of Polynices or whether Antigone is wrong in her actions because the law should always triumph.

How do Langston Hughes and Richard Wright address the idea of race in America? How would you describe the overall tone of their work? Is one more successful than the other? Which form, poetry or prose, do you find more effective?

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