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Sacrificing oneself for others in Tintin stories

RicardoOlcese
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#1 · Posted: 9 Jan 2019 18:19
It's a recurring topic, and an(other) inspiration of moral courage in Tintin. I can recall when captain Haddock tried to cut his rope in Tibet. Also when Wolf jumped into space. When our friends travelled to Tapiocapolis to rescue Castafiore. When they did the same to rescue Calculus in Borduria. Also in Shooting Star, when they were willing to lose the race in order to respond to a (fake) SOS from another ship. Can you think of another act of altruism in Tintin? I think it's a nice moral lesson given to all readers, especially the younger ones.
snowybella
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#2 · Posted: 10 Jan 2019 01:58
Also in Tibet, Tintin rescues the drunken Snowy from being swept away in the river - I wouldn't say racing down a rocky mountain and then running down a fragile wooden bridge would be the safest of actions. Snowy then repays this dept by being willing to wait, and possibly freeze, by the place where Tintin falls into the crevasse later on in the book.
mct16
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#3 · Posted: 10 Jan 2019 22:55
In "Shooting Star", there is the scene earlier in the story when Professor Phostle thinks that predicting the end of the world will make him famous! and, when it does not occur, furiously takes it out on his assistant.

In a rather twisted way, he seems to consider the sacrifice of the world as a small thing compared to the price of fame! Fortunately he matures a little during the journey to the meteorite.

There is also Zorrino in "Prisoners of the Sun". He is guiding white men to the Temple of the Sun; the Incas consider white men as their natural enemies so Zorrino is a traitor for guiding them. He knows this (at the bridge he tells Tintin that he will die if the local Indians see Zorrino talking to him) so he taking a big risk.

In the same story, Tintin guesses that the sacred medallion will protect whoever holds it and gives it to Zorrino, thus giving up any chance of his own survival.
Shivam302001
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#4 · Posted: 17 Jan 2019 14:41
There is also Mr.Wang's son who was committed to save Tintin in China, despite the great risks he was taking himself (which ultimately led to him becoming mad).

Also, the topic name suggests that I also suggest that event in the Moon rocket when Tintin volunteered to give one of the Thom(p)sons his berth in the rocket.

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