Creon And Drew Barrymore: Tragic Heros

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A tragic flaw, a fatal flaw, hamartia, a personality defect -- people can call it what they like, but ultimately, a tragic flaw is a personal fault in a character that leads to his downfall. The person who has the tragic flaw is known as the tragic hero. However, there are several more components that make up a such an individual. One idea is that tragic heroes in a story are usually dynamic; they change at least once throughout the narrative. An example of a tragic hero is King Creon in the play Antigone, but real people can be regarded as tragic heroes as well. Like Creon, in the play Antigone by Sophocles, Drew Barrymore should be considered a tragic hero because both have high status, noble qualities, and a tragic flaw. They recognize their flaws and suffer the consequences.
One reason both Creon and Drew Barrymore are tragic heroes is because they both have high status. In Antigone, Creon is part of a noble family. He is the brother of Jocasta, who is the Queen of Thebes. This makes him the uncle of Eteocles and Polyneices. When Eteocles and Polyneices both die in battle, Creon is heir to the throne of Thebes. Similarly, Drew Barrymore comes from a family of high status. Her grandfather is John Barrymore (Gold par. 3). He starred in many movies during the 1920s and 1930s such as Beau Brummel, The Sea Beast, and Grand Hotel (LoBianco par. 6). Her father, John Drew Barrymore, was an actor and poet (Gold par. 3). Not only did Drew Barrymore come from a well-known family, she starred in many movies herself. Some movies include Irreconcilable Differences, Firestarter, and Cat’s Eye. At just seven years old, her fame from the movie E.T. caused her to be mobbed by people asking for autographs (Gold par. 1,6). These examples show that both Creon and Barrymore possess high status.
Another way to say noble qualities is righteous characteristics. They are evident in a character if he or she displays righteousness and morality. Noble qualities exist even among tragic flaws. King Creon, from the play Antigone, has several noble qualities, one of them being loyalty. King Creon exalted loyalty; “As long as I am king, no traitor is going to be honored with the/loyal man” (Sophocles 1.44-45). He tells the elders of the kingdom that he will speak plainly to the community, and that he will never negotiate with an enemy of the people (Sophocles 1.24-27). Drew Barrymore possesses some noble qualities as well. For example, Barrymore is highly generous; in the summer of 2011, she traveled to Somalia in northeastern Africa when the United Nations Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit declared that without more humanitarian assistance, the famine that was beginning would expand (Seth caption). The actress donated one million dollars through the Drew Barrymore Education Project to the World Food Programme to assist in funds for schooling in Kenya and to battle against starvation (Seth par. 5). Both Creon and Barrymore exhibit righteousness, proving the idea...

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