Sacrificee : Terry Fox's Display Of Sacrifice

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Terry Fox’s display of Sacrifice Sacrifice is doing something for the greater good. Sacrifice often requires the person to put themselves in harm’s way. Sacrificing one’s life in exchange for something greater is the truest way to display selflessness and courage. Terry Fox is a hero that sacrificed himself to achieve a greater goal. Terry Fox is a professional long-distance runner who lost his leg and eventually his life to cancer. Greek heroes such as Theseus help others by using their own courage and selflessness, and Patroclus sacrificed himself to rally the Greek army in the Trojan War. Terry Fox displays traits of selflessness and sacrifice in his achievements before and after death; these achievements are so great that the ancient…show more content…
However, dressed in Achilles’s armor, Patroclus took on the Trojan army and eventually Hector, the great hero of Troy. “But at last he met Hector face to face and his doom was sealed as surely as a boar is doomed when he faces a lion” (270). Although Hector kills Patroclus, Patroclus did what needed to be done to rally the Greeks towards a singular goal. Also, his death sparked Achilles to fight for the Greeks which turned the tide of the war. “I will kill the destroyer of him” is Achilles talking, clearly inspired by the actions of Patroclus (271). Terry Fox has also sacrificed himself to rally people towards a singular goal. “I’ve said to people before that I’m going to do my very best to make it, I’m not going to give up. But I might not make it… if I don’t, the Marathon of Hope better continue” (Fox). During his “Marathon of Hope” Fox suffered from cancer, but he began the trek across Canada anyway. He did it to raise money for cancer, and even though he stopped the run and eventually died, Fox succeeded in his goal. Since his death, over people around the world inspired by Terry Fox raised over $350 million dollars in his cancer foundation. This courage and level of sacrifice that both Terry Fox and Patroclus share are why they are heroes. Terry Fox’s selflessness warrants the admiration that both Patroclus and Theseus received in Greek mythology. He did not sit around and wait until cancer
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