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Necessity of sacrificing loved ones
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The Hero is forced to sacrifice the Beloved Victim, based on the Necessity.
The traditional hero is typically driven by a sense of duty, and often to some higher principle even than their kin relationships. Whilst being horrified at the act, we nevertheless may feel a certain admiration for the hero for sticking to ideals even beyond family ties. The hero does not do this lightly and we feel the anguish of having to make such a decision.
Of course we also feel deep sympathy for the person sacrificed and hope that they understand the higher cause rather than simply feeling betrayed.
'Necessity of sacrificing loved ones' is the 23rd of Georges Polti's 36 Dramatic Situations.