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... her family with such courage are actions that demands respect from those that know of her and her sufferings. However, I do not find that Lyddie fully understands what selflessness is, a misunderstanding which makes her decisions that surround her family and her safety extremely difficult to make. Selflessness is a quality nearly synonymous to bravery. To devote oneself to a cause with absolutely no regard to his own mental and physical safety is at times a blind decision, but also almost always indicates a specific type of courage. On the other hand, it may only emphasize how the glamorization of selflessness is capable of making one so very blind to the true form of unselfishness’s consequences—a lesson young Lyddie must learn if she desires to use her selflessness wisely throughout her life. Occasionally, one must be selfish in order to achieve selflessness.
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