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Write an essay answering the following question: Explain and evaluate how Hobbes

Write an essay answering the following question:
Explain and evaluate how Hobbes, and either Aristotle or Augustine, might have assessed
the rebellions against political authority by one (or two) of the characters we covered earlier
in the course (Antigone, Ajax, Killmonger).
According to Hobbes and Aristotle or Augustine, would the rebellions by those characters
have been justified? Why or why not? Moreover: would the political principles defended by
Hobbes and Aristotle or Augustine provide a fair basis for judging the actions of Antigone
or Ajax or Killmonger? Or do these characters have insights into the nature of justice (or
the principles of political authority) that Hobbes, Aristotle, or Augustine fail to understand?
It must be effectively structured within the framework of a thesis statement that responds to the prompt above. So while you can build on your earlier work in the course, you should do so carefully and selectively.
Stronger papers will:
• Be structured around a clear thesis statement, stated in the first paragraph.
• Emphasize depth over breadth (in other words, don’t worry about summarizing as much
material as possible within the word limit; instead, focus on explaining, analyzing, and
arguing about, a few key points).
• Analyze more than summarize (sometimes you need to summarize information, but you
should so do only insofar as its essential to advancing your own argument).
• Cite, quote, and analyze specific passages from the reading material (broad summaries of
ideas from the readings are less helpful; show that you know, and can analyze, precise
passages).
The paper does not require a bibliography (or any sources outside the course material). If you’re
referring to Aristotle or Sophocles, cite numbers from the margins in parenthesis (Sophocles,
Antigone, line 499; Aristotle, Politics, 1252a); if you’re referring to Augustine, cite Book and
Chapter numbers (for The City of God), or paragraph numbers (for Letter 93); if you’re referring
to Hobbes, cite chapter number and paragraph number; if you’re referring to Black Panther, simply
make clear what scene you’re discussing (quoting lines from the film may be helpful); if you’re
referring to one of the pieces of secondary literature provided on Blackboard, give the author’s last
name and a page number in parenthesis (Conway, p. 3).