Sacrifice

what makes sacrifice worth the loss?

Picture origin

the person in the picture below is lieutenant John Robert Fox before he died in action
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John Robert Fox (1915-1944). Digital image. Www.findagrave.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 May 2016.

John Robert Fox

December 26th, 1944, northern Italy, Sommocolonia. John Robert Fox was part of an all black segregated division known as the Buffalo fighters. His division had volunteered to stay behind the village of Sommocolonia while other units led a defense on the oncoming German forces. John Robert Fox was directing artillery fire out on the field when German Wehrmacht pushed the main forces out of the town, scattering them. The Buffalo fighters were the only organized force left. The enemy forces were nearing Johns position until they were right there with him. It was then that John had ordered artillery fire directly to his position, knowing he wouldn't survive. John's body was found among hundreds of fallen German soldiers.

Poem

I am a member of the team, and i rely on the team i defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the champion. -Mia Hamm


Poem meaning

Although the poem is about a soccer team it’s words can still be applied to a society. The poem can be interpreted as sending the message of “putting a team ahead of yourself because the team is more important”. This message shows what sacrifice is at its core: putting something else above you at your own cost.


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Amazon.com: Soldier X. Digital image. Www.amazon.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 May 2016.

loyalty in soldier X

World war two was a ghastly conflict. In such a conflict as WWII loyalty, or the sacrifice of loyalty, is important. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the novel Soldier X. Soldier X follows Eric Brandt, a 15 year old German drafted into war. Caught behind enemy lines during battle Eric is forced to blend into russian society as a wounded russian soldier at a makeshift hospital using his knowledge in the russian language. His intentions are to leave as quickly as he can to return back to his friends and countrymen, but everything changes when he meets Tamara. Eric falls in love with Tamara at the hospital and when the German war machine strikes the hospitals town Eric and Tamara are on the run, searching for a refuge. Eric and Tamara find one in a small village house. There they plot an escape to Switzerland: “Tamara and I, using one of the maps the Germans left behind left behind, plotted the course we would someday take to Switzerland”. Both of them know that they likely will never return to Russia or Germany or see there family and friends again, but they still go through with it because they care about each other. Eric and Tamara sacrifice their loyalties knowingly because of their connection to each other.

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Mussolini and Hitler. Digital image. uahsibhistory.wikispaces.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 May 2016, German soldiers WWII. Digital image. www.youtube.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 May, German war refugees. Digital image. en.wikipedia.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 May.

Pictures

The picture on the left shows WWII axis leaders standing before a crowd of people. They had ruled their countries with complete dominance and control and forced everyone to swear complete loyalty to them their parties. In the story Soldier X Eric breaks his loyalty to these dictators so that he can live a more better, righteous life. The picture in the middle is of a group of german soldiers who are seemingly pleased with something. This relates to Soldier X because in the beginning Eric is in a similar situation: innocently talking with friends and new people, blissfully unaware of what what's to come. Later in the book Eric gives up his friends in favor of a life with Tamara and without the war. The picture on the right shows a group of german war refugees running from battle. This relates because it shows that in a situation like WWII sacrifices must be made. Those people had to give up their homes for safety.


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Digital image. Www.adelaidenow.com.au. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 May 2016.

Arland williams

WWII is far from the only conflict that would require major sacrifice. World crisis is far from the only thing that can happen that would call for a sacrifice. Something smaller like say a plane crash can be just as dramatic. And a plane crash is exactly what sort of situation Arland williams found himself in. Arland was on board Air Florida Flight 90 when a snowstorm caused a major malfunction to the plane. Arlands flight plummeted into a frozen lake killing all on board except six. Arland was among those six. 20 minutes after the crash helicopters came to rescue the six refugees. A life saver was passed down to Arland. Instead Arland passed it on to the person next to him. The helicopter returned and again passed it to Arland, but a again Arland passed it to another refugee. Arland repeated this process several times until he was the only one left in the frozen lake. When the helicopter returned for the final time Arland was dead, but through his acts five other people who may have not had the energy to survive as long returned to safety.
Air Florida Flight "Palm" 90 Crash - pt4

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Www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5nTuEzMpzo. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 May 2016.
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Amazon.com: 172 Hours on the Moon. Digital image.Www.amazon.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 May 2016.

Sacrificing for others in 172 hours on the moon

It's impossible to know what Arland was thinking as he gave his live saver away over and over again, but it doesn't seem farfetched to say that Arlands motive to give his life away was the safety, or wellbeing, of others. A novel that illustrates this sort of sacrifice is 172 hours on the moon by Johan harstad. The novel follows three characters: Mia Midori and Antoine. These three have entered a contest to win a trip to the moon base darlah 2 for 172 hours. The three of them think that the trip will be safe and harmless. Little do they know that the trip would be their last. On the moon they discover alien creatures dubbed “Doppelgangers”. They have only one goal: create as much danger as they possible can for their victim. As the name suggests they take on the appearance of their victim, making it hard to tell who's real and who's a doppelganger. As the story continues the doppelgangers damage equipment and kill the crew members one by one until only Mia and Midori are left alive. Their informed of another moon base: Darlah 1. Darlah 1 contains an escape hatch. The dopplegangers damaged darlah 2s escape hatch, leaving their only option the hatch in darlah 1. On the trip to darlah 1 the dopplegangers follow them. During the trek Midori falls while running up a hill. Because of the Midoris space suit she is unable to stand up again. Mia, despite the obvious danger, goes back to save Midori immediately “She made up her mind quickly. Mia ran back towards Midori and pulled her up the last hill and down the incline.”. Mia saved Midori's life without any hesitation Even though she clearly knew of the dangers, because she cared for others safety naturally.

Poem

I am a member of the team, and i rely on the team i defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the champion. -Mia Hamm


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Rare Full Moon on Christmas Day | NASA. Digital image.Www.nasa.gov. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 May 2016, NASA SPACESUITS PAGE. Digital image.er.jsc.nasa.gov. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 May 2016, Image - Moonbase Accelerator.jpg - D Digital image.destiny.wikia.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 May.

Sacrifice for world in Red pyramid

Sacrifice isn't always personal. Sometimes sacrifice is made for a large group rather then someone close. This kind of sacrifice can be seen in the book Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan. The story follows Sadie and Carter Kane whose mother had mysteriously passed away a few years ago. On Christmas eve find out that their parents were parents were Egyptian magicians. On a trip to the British museum Their father attempts to summon the god of the dead to bring back their mother. But things go wrong and Sadie and Carter are left to go after their father. While on their their quest it is explained what happened to their mother on the day she died. “...Well, your mother used her last bit of energy to protect your father. To save him she sacrificed herself.”. Their mother had to protect their father by shielding him from a blast. The blast was caused because they had shattered an obelisk containing a god to help subdue an oncoming apocalypse. Their parents had caused great danger to themselves to save the entire planet from destruction.

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The Pyramids of Giza Pictures, Photos. Digital image. Famouswonders.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 May 2016,Ancient Egyptian Gods for Kids. Digital image. Primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 May 2016,Egyptian Symbols: Eye Of Horus. Digital image. Egyptian-gods.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 May 2016.
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Personal sacrifices

A few months ago i was riding my bike through a trail i had been to before when i noticed that there was another alternative path that i had never noticed before. Curious i decided to follow the new unexplored place. As i traveled down the unbeaten path i came towards a declining plane, naturally i went down it, but as i approached the bottom the bottom i noticed something: The path was getting more and more narrow. If i had stayed on my bike i would crash, leaving me no choice but to abandon my bike, leaving it careening down the hill. My bike smashed into a tree with a metal clang sound. I went to recover my bike and saw that my bike was completely unrideable. The pictures are of my bike after repairs were made, however as seen in the second picture not everything could be repaired. This relates to sacrifice in that i could have stopped my bike and not let it hit that tree at the expense of my safety but because I valued my safety more than my bike I sacrificed the condition of my bike.