JKelly 10

“Here’s looking at you, kid”

Dumbledore: “Lily…after all this time?”
Snape: “Always”.

It can be said that men are defined by their sacrifices. After looking at the heroes we’ve covered in class I think that Richard Blaine, Rick, from Casablanca best exemplifies a hero that sacrificed everything for the greater good. Rick sacrifices his club, his job, his safety, and his love in order to ensure that Ilsa and his husband Victor are able to escape to America. Even though Rick loves Ilsa he knows that in order for her to be safe he must let her and Victor escape together. He knows that “she belong with Victor. [She’s] part of his work, the thing that keeps him going. If that plane leaves the ground and [she’s] not with him, [she’ll] regret it. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life”. So he lets her go even though he loves her. Because he knows that “the problems of three little people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world”. Another hero that has an intimate knowledge of sacrifice is Severus Snape from Harry Potter.

Snape is in love with Lilly Potter and even though they had a big fight and stopped being friends in school when he hears that the dark lord is planning on killing her and her family. Even though Snape hates James he still risks his life to warn Dumbledore about the plan. Then when Lilly and James are killed Snape still risks everything being a double agent in order to protect Harry from the dark lord. Both Rick and Snape know that in order to help the greater good they have to do what’s best for the ones they love. Some people say love can conquer all, but in this case love is what be sacrificed in order to “conquer all”.

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