What Makes Sacrificing Something Worth the Loss?

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Rhino and Oxpecker Symbiosis. Digital image. Http:// N.p., n.d. Web. 26 May 2016.


In nature, the oxpecker (a kind of bird) and the rhinoceros or zebra create a symbiosis (nature's sacrifice). Oxpeckers land on rhinos or zebras and eat ticks and other parasites that live on their skin, while the rhino or zebra will warn the bird if any predators are coming, and give them a free meal they do not have to use energy for. They are both sacrificing their independence, but in return, they get favors done for them that is hard to do themselves.
0-100 | What Have You Sacrificed?
"0-100 | What Have You Sacrificed?" YouTube. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 May 2016.


Throughout everyday life people everywhere make sacrifices; for a loved one, for a stranger, or for themselves. Even if they don't want to, someone may give up the thing they love the most to better something else in their life. They are saddened by a loss

but know something bigger will benefit them in the future. Sacrifices are hard

on people and can take everything away but replace it with a priceless life lesson.

Sacrifice for yourself/ someone else

Sometimes we sacrifice because we want something better for ourselves or for someone else. In the book Paper Towns a boy named Quentin sacrifices the happiness of high school graduation to go and "save" his life-long crush Margo. He spends 20+ hours driving to NewYork when he lives way down south. His goal is to show to Margo that he is the one that she should be dating, and hopes to better himself in the process. On page 229 he exclaims, "I leave, and the leaving is so exhilarating I know I can never go back." When he finally finds Margo, he realizes that she was worth skipping graduation for and that he loves her.
Green, John. Paper Towns. New York: Dutton, 2008. Print.

A Tale of Fire and Ice

Part I:

Ice He shines like silver midnight moon-

cool marble statue, this tycoon.

And though he makes the ladies swoon,

of ice he’s hewn.; of ice he’s hewn.

He’s poker-faced and can deceive

competitors and can achieve

most anything, but can’t conceive

of Genevieve, of Genevieve.

Like Neptune, distant from the sun -

relationships he chose to shun.

He thought the search for love was done.

He has no one; he has no one.

Now love’s allure has come his way.

What will he do? What will he say?

Will he grab hold, beg love to stay,

or let it stray? Or let it stray?

Part II:

Fire This dragoness disguised in lace -

passion’s flower with angel’s face,

precisely picks the time and place

each dream to chase, each dream to chase.

Like ink the color red, she stains

the hearts of those whose love she drains,

and then she leaves when naught remains

No lust she feigns; no lust she feigns.

And now there’s one who would suffice.

For him alone, she’d sacrifice

her everything, so he of ice

she must entice, she must entice.

So Genevieve now strikes the flame.

Will man of ice his love proclaim?

Beneath her fire and his cold frame,

they’re both the same. They’re both the same.

By Andrea Dietrich

Hunter, Andrea Dietrich - Poem. "A Tale Of Fire And Ice Poem." N.p., n.d. Web. 23 May 2016.


This poem is metaphorically expressing that complete opposite people who are in love will have to sacrifice the biggest thing they have; The firey dragoness will have to give up her flame so she can love a man of ice. It is all worth it in the end because it is love they want the most.


In the book The Hunger Games, there are many sacrifices made. One example in this story is, there is so much poverty and hunger, that each year, the capital holds the hunger games, where two people (age 13-18) from each district (or town) go and fight to the death with weapons to decrease population. Katniss Everdeen (the main character) makes a sacrifice for her sister, Prim. When Prim (who is 13) is called to fight in the games, Katniss sacrifices her life, and volunteers to fight instead of Prim. On page 22, Katniss exclaims, “’I volunteer! No! I volunteer as tribute!’”Katniss knows Prim is too young and weak, and will surely die.

Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games. London: Scholastic, 2010. Print.

Dolly Parton- The Sacrifice

Well, I've sacrificed time with family and friends
Gave up vacations for work without end
24/7, 365
But I was willing to make the sacrifice

But empty or full, I've carried my pale
You don't drink the water if you don't dig the well
Through blood sweat and tears I have built a good life
But it didn't come without sacrifice

But I was gonna be rich no matter how much it cost
And I was gonna win no matter how much I lost
All through the years I kept my eye on the prize
You ask if it's worth the sacrifice, the sacrifice

I think about Jesus and all that he gave
And the ultimate sacrifice that he made
He is my strength and my guiding light
And he's taught me that nothing's without sacrifice

I was gonna be rich no matter how much it cost
And I was gonna win no matter how much I lost

I wanted success and, brother, I've paid the price
And, yes, it's been worth the sacrifice, the sacrifice

I was gonna be rich no matter how much it cost
And I was gonna win no matter how much I lost
Grindstones and rhinestones have made up my life
But I've shined like a diamond through sacrifice

I was gonna be rich no matter how much it cost
And I was gonna win no matter how much I lost
But I hope God will tell me, 'Well done, my child
You've won your reward through your sacrifice, the sacrifice'

The sacrifice
But sometimes I wonder in the still of the night
Is it really worth the sacrifice
I've often laughed and I've often cried
I've often failed but I've always tried
I made the sacrifice

"The Sacrifice" Lyrics." DOLLY PARTON LYRICS. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 May 2016.


This song shows how many people feel about their life and the sacrifices they have made. It says that when you make a sacrifice, you will start little, but have the determination and work for something better for your family, or yourself. This song says you cannot get rich without working for money, you cannot win without losing first, and to build a good life for your family , you will have to work before you play.


In the book In the Shadow of Blackbirds (which takes place during the Spanish influenza outbreak),people will do anything to talk to a dead loved one. Sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black sees desperate mourners go to séances and spirit photographers for comfort, but she has never believed in ghosts. All of that changes when her first love,a boy who died in battle,returns in spirit form. Mary's father advises her with, “We have a great deal of fight inside us, and sometimes our strength of spirit forces us to choose truth and integrity over comfort and security.” Mary had to sacrifice her comfort and security so she could talk with her deceased young love. Many others are not being safe and risking getting influenza and giving up all of their money and belongings. It is worth it to them because their wishes of talking to their deceased loved one just one more time are fulfilled, and that is worth everything to them.


My great-grandma Irma Bollig, who is still alive, at 86 years old today is my inspiration of sacrifice. As a young German woman, she escaped the horrible terrors of bombings and rations of the holocaust at the age of 15 and started a new life for herself in the USA. She left everything; her family, her friends, and her life to better hers in the future. She met the love of her life, and moved to a farm in the midwest and started a family. She is the reason I am here today! She made a hard decision to leave her whole life behind and sailed into a greater life.
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