How we change what others think, feel, believe and do
Self-sacrifice for kindred
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The Hero gives up something in order to help a relative or friend.
Self-sacrifice for a kinsman is similar to self-sacrificing for an ideal, in that the ideal here is that one should put one's kin above many others things. Many cultures have this rule, that family comes before many things, even the law, and that one should perjure oneself or worse if this is what is required to support one's kith and kin.
Seeing others in a story obeying our own social rules makes us identify more strongly with them. Stories of sacrifice for kin thus are often heart-warming and affirming.
'Self-sacrifice for kindred' is the 21st of Georges Polti's 36 Dramatic Situations.