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Self-Sacrifice

See also Sacrifice, Suicide.
Sensuality (See BEAUTY, SENSUAL.)
Aïda
dies with her beloved Radames. [Ital. Opera: Verdi, Aïda, Westerman, 325]
Alcestis
offered self up to die in the stead of Admetus. [Gk. Myth.: Leach, 11]
Anderson, Parson
self-sacrificing captain of New England rebels. [Br. Lit.: Shaw The Devil’s Disciple in Benét, 267]
Benedetto
monk gives up everything to serve others and reform the Church. [Ital. Lit.: The Saint in Magill II, 929]
Brooke, Dorothea
gives up Casaubon’s fortune for Ladislaw’s affection. [Br. Lit.: Middlemarch, Magill I, 588–591]
Camille
gives up Armand so as not to endanger his career. [Fr. Lit.: La Dame aux Camélias]
Carton, Sydney
permits himself to be guillotined in place of Darnay. [Br. Lit.: Dickens A Tale of Two Cities]
Colamartini, Christina
dies in wilderness attempting to help Paolo. [Ital. Lit.: Bread and Wine]
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Posa, Marquis clears prince’s name in conspiracy by indicting himself. [Ger. Lit.: Don Carlos]
Deputy, The
Father Fontana accompanies deported Jews to Auschwitz and dies with them in the gas chambers. [Ger. Drama: Weiss, 124]
Din, Gunga
water-carrier killed as he rescues narrator of story. [Br. Lit.: “Gunga Din” in Benét, 430]
Dounia
intends to marry Svidrigailov to relieve her brother’s poverty. [Russ. Lit.: Crime and Punishment]
Dudgeon, Dick
to save rebel leader Parson Anderson from the gallows, the reprobate Dudgeon allows himself to be arrested and sentenced to death. [Br. Drama: Shaw The Devil’s Disciple in Benét, 267]
Eponine
during fight, gives his life to save Marius. [Fr. Lit.: Les Misérables]
Fantine
woman becomes prostitute to support daughter. [Fr. Lit.: Les Misérables]
Gift of the Magi, The
husband and wife each give up own treasure to buy the other’s Christmas present. [Am. Lit.: “The Gift of the Magi” in Benét, 395]
Gilda
sacrifices self to save her beloved Duke’s life. [Ital. Opera: Verdi, Rigoletto, Westerman, 300]
Grieux,
des accompanies banished Manon to exile in Louisiana. [Fr. Lit.: Mahon Lescaut]
Hansa, Per
dies in storm on errand of mercy. [Nor. Lit.: Giants in the Earth, Magill I, 303–304]
innkeeper’s daughter
Highwayman’s sweetheart, shoots herself to help him avoid capture. [Br. Poetry: Noyes “The Highwayman”]
Jephthah’s
daughter accepts father’s vow to God to die in exchange for his victory. [O. T.: Judges 11:30–40]
Jesus Christ
died on cross to save mankind. [N.T.: Matthew 27:24–61]
Jordan, Robert
young American teacher in Spain who gives his life helping the Loyalist guerrillas. [Am. Lit.: Hemingway For Whom the Bell Tolls]
Kamikaze WWII
Japanese suicide pilots; embodiment of “death before dishonor.” [Jap. Hist.: Fuller, III, 618–619]
little mermaid
the sacrifices her own life to save her beloved prince. [Dan. Lit.: Andersen’s Fairy Tales]
Madeleine
executed with lover Andrea. [Ital. Opera: Giordano, Andrea Chénier, Westerman, 370–371]
Myshkin, Prince
his desire for martyrdom makes him willing to marry a neurotic woman of easy virtue. [Russ. Lit.: Dostoevsky The Idiot]
Oakhurst, John
kills himself so that three other outcasts may survive. [Am. Lit.: The Outcasts of Poker Flat]
Ona
becomes a prostitute to support family. [Am. Lit.: The Jungle]
pelican
tears open breast to feed young. [Christian Symbolism: de Bles, 29]
Susanin, Ivan
leads Poles astray to safeguard tsar; executed. [Russ. Opera: Glinka, A Life for the Tsar, Westerman, 379]
Violetta
courtesan renounces her lover in order to save nis family from scandal. [Ital. Opera: Verdi La Traviata in Benét, 1022]
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In particular, two acronyms--FEAR and ACT--can help to explain the inner struggle to live out self-sacrificial religious teachings within the Christian faith.
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She starts with an examination of the self-sacrificial deaths of army commanders, and moves into a more detailed examination of the issues raised by death in civil conflicts, in Sallust's Catiline and Lucan's Bellum civile.
People like that are like saints in some ways, that they're willing to be so self-sacrificial.
One issue potentially undermined by science is Christian theology's central doctrine of self-sacrificial (agape) love made known in the Christ Event.
Globally, for instance, radical Islam would be a "winner" by attracting members to self-sacrificial terrorism and moderate Islam a "loser" for making peace with other faiths.
As the tragic, self-sacrificial Jacob, Gazzara garbles some of Odets' more time-worn propagandistic passages, but his stilted delivery places him convincingly with one foot still in old-world Europe.
Von Trier's film doesn't present a straightforward moral, but articulates--through a reductio ad absurdum--one terrifying implication of the self-sacrificial position.