Throughout the beginning A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving, the collection of childhood stories all include themes of sacrifice because only through Owen Meany’s devout faith is he able to do the things he does. Sacrifice, in this instance, should be defined as “destruction or surrender of something for the sake of something else” (Merriam-Webster). This definition proves that by Owen sacrificing others and, ultimately, himself in the betterment of all.
The book “The Kite Runner” displays a lot of important themes to the readers, but one of the most important is that father and son relationships are built on more than just genetics. The story starts off using imagery to introduce the issues between Amir and Baba, such as when Amir is thinking to himself he says: “then maybe my time as a ghost in this house would finally be over. Page 56” This shows that even though Amir and Baba are related they do not have a close relationship and avoid each other instead of communicating.
An example of this that is related to my life is how my mother had a choice: either take care of me, specifically be my mother, but lose a great deal of her opportunities or say, “I’m not their real mother, I don’t have an obligation to raise them.” but instead, she said, “I love these children and I only want the best for them. Also, I believe it is in the best interest of the children that they have a mother to raise them up to be kind people in this chaotic world.” Her decision lead to several years sacrificed, which I find quite touching the heart; therefore, I could only try to be the best I can be while remaining grateful at the same time being the source of her pride. The characters in “The Gift of the Magi” sacrificed something that is important to them to sell it for money to buy the person they love a gift that would be important to
Kierkegaard remarks how difficult it is to comprehend Abraham’s ability to have followed through with God’s orders, calling it incomprehensible. In a section of Fear and Trembling, he presents us with four other potential paths that would have made Abraham’s actions more comprehensible; however, Kierkegaard argues that it would not have showcased Abraham’s faith to such a degree (CITATION). He asserts that it is impossible for us to understand the reasons of why Abraham chose to sacrifice his beloved son. Kierkegaard uses this to differentiate between the “Knight of Resignation” and the “Knight of Faith”. The Knight of Resignation must give up anything they love more than God. Kierkegaard explains that:
There are many things that are given up in our life for those who we care about, they may be small favors, or they may change someone's life completely. "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck is a story about sacrificing things that have a major effect on the character, and may provide new challenges for them to face. Sacrifice is the ability to protect others for their sake, not yours.
Everyday people make small willing sacrifices knowing the outcome of these sacrifices. Whether it be their life for someone else's or possibly just by giving their time to listen to another person. Sometimes we make these sacrifices because we are trying to be a good person or we are trying to be an ethical and moral person. Other times it is because we care and have compassion for those we are sacrificing for. We make these willing sacrifices knowing what we are getting ourselves into and knowing what comes along with the sacrifice, just like in the story “Antigone” and the villagers in “The Lottery”.
pay the price for the two parts of him to seize to co-exist. And the cost of this pilgrimage
Self-sacrifice can be, and had been, defined as: “Sacrifice of oneself or one's life; the giving up of one's life, interests, happiness, etc., in order to help others or to advance a cause” (OED Online). Self-sacrifice is a theme in both “Goblin Market” and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. The two protagonist that both practiced self-effacement are also the characters that sacrifice themselves for the other characters in their respective texts. In “Goblin Market” Lizzie ends her self-effacement to sacrifice herself for her sister. She no longer hid herself from the goblins and faced their attack to help redeem her sister. In The Tenant of Wildfell Hall Helen’s self-sacrifice can be seen as a part of her self-effacement. To care for her husband and child she sacrifices her happiness. Therefore, self-sacrifice is apparent and preformed in different ways in the two
One of the messages from The Warn Path by; Eudora Welty is about sacrifice. You must sacrifice things you want, plans, even your life to safe those you care about. Ryan had a brother in need so he acted on what he knew he could do. “Ryan immediately checked that he was a compatible donor. Discovering that he was, the transplant went ahead… there was risk and Ryan lost his life during the procedure.” (Arrillaga, Pauline) Ryan made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure that his brother could live. Just like Phoenix, she risked everything to save her grandson. Life is full of sacrifices. People
In the selection, The Ramayana, it is a sacrifice in the ultimate sense. A woman, Kaikeyi, is forced to choose between the man that she married and rules and empire with and they one of the sons they produced. To save her son, she must make the sacrifice of her husband to save the life of their son. This was taken directly from Hinduism and this story is still told to children who practice Hinduism. With the lessons taught individually from each of these stories, children and adults will be able to learn lessons for years to come, as long as these stories are told to the upcoming generation of children.