Self-Sacrifice (See also Sacrifice, Suicide.) Allusions, Definition, Citation, Reference, Information - Allusion to Self-Sacrifice (See also Sacrifice, Suicide.)


  1. Aïda dies with her beloved Radames. [Ital. Opera: Verdi, Aïda, Westerman, 325]
  2. Alcestis offered self up to die in the stead of Admetus. [Gk. Myth.: Leach, 11]
  3. Anderson, Parson self-sacrificing captain of New England rebels. [Br. Lit.: Shaw The Devil’s Disciple in Benét, 267]
  4. Benedetto monk gives up everything to serve others and reform the Church. [Ital. Lit.: The Saint in Magill II, 929]
  5. Brooke, Dorothea gives up Casaubon’s fortune for Ladislaw’s affection. [Br. Lit.: Middlemarch, Magill I, 588–591]
  6. Camille gives up Armand so as not to endanger his career. [Fr. Lit.: La Dame aux Camélias]
  7. Carton, Sydney permits himself to be guillotined in place of Darnay. [Br. Lit.: Dickens A Tale of Two Cities]
  8. Colamartini, Christina dies in wilderness attempting to help Paolo. [Ital. Lit.: Bread and Wine]
  9. de Posa, Marquis clears prince’s name in conspiracy by indicting himself. [Ger. Lit.: Don Carlos]
  10. Deputy, The Father Fontana accompanies deported Jews to Auschwitz and dies with them in the gas chambers. [Ger. Drama: Weiss, 124]
  11. Din, Gunga water-carrier killed as he rescues narrator of story. [Br. Lit.: “Gunga Din” in Benét, 430]
  12. Dounia intends to marry Svidrigailov to relieve her brother’s poverty. [Russ. Lit.: Crime and Punishment]
  13. 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]
  14. Eponine during fight, gives his life to save Marius. [Fr. Lit.: Les Misérables]
  15. Fantine woman becomes prostitute to support daughter. [Fr. Lit.: Les Misérables]
  16. 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]
  17. Gilda sacrifices self to save her beloved Duke’s life. [Ital. Opera: Verdi, Rigoletto, Westerman, 300]
  18. Grieux, des accompanies banished Manon to exile in Louisiana. [Fr. Lit.: Mahon Lescaut]
  19. Hansa, Per dies in storm on errand of mercy. [Nor. Lit.: Giants in the Earth, Magill I, 303–304]
  20. innkeeper’s daughter Highwayman’s sweetheart, shoots herself to help him avoid capture. [Br. Poetry: Noyes “The Highwayman”]
  21. Jephthah’s daughter accepts father’s vow to God to die in exchange for his victory. [O. T.: Judges 11:30–40]
  22. Jesus Christ died on cross to save mankind. [N.T.: Matthew 27:24–61]
  23. Jordan, Robert young American teacher in Spain who gives his life helping the Loyalist guerrillas. [Am. Lit.: Hemingway For Whom the Bell Tolls]
  24. Kamikaze WWII Japanese suicide pilots; embodiment of “death before dishonor.” [Jap. Hist.: Fuller, III, 618–619]
  25. little mermaid, the sacrifices her own life to save her beloved prince. [Dan. Lit.: Andersen’s Fairy Tales]
  26. Madeleine executed with lover Andrea. [Ital. Opera: Giordano, Andrea Chénier, Westerman, 370–371]
  27. Myshkin, Prince his desire for martyrdom makes him willing to marry a neurotic woman of easy virtue. [Russ. Lit.: Dostoevsky The Idiot]
  28. Oakhurst, John kills himself so that three other outcasts may survive. [Am. Lit.: The Outcasts of Poker Flat]
  29. Ona becomes a prostitute to support family. [Am. Lit.: The Jungle]
  30. pelican tears open breast to feed young. [Christian Symbolism: de Bles, 29]
  31. Susanin, Ivan leads Poles astray to safeguard tsar; executed. [Russ. Opera: Glinka, A Life for the Tsar, Westerman, 379]
  32. Violetta courtesan renounces her lover in order to save nis family from scandal. [Ital. Opera: Verdi La Traviata in Benét, 1022]

Sensuality (See BEAUTY, SENSUAL.)