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altogether. Because the boy cannot remember what happened in the exact moment Lettie saved him, there is speculation that the situation was rewritten by Old Mrs.Hempstock, implying the boy did die, yet time was rewritten in order for Lettie to give her life in exchange for the boys. This sacrifice is not as complete as the boys. If time was rewritten, and the boy did die, it means Lettie had the time to think about her sacrifice, to weigh her life against the boys. This makes her sacrifice intentional. The Hobbit and the Ocean at the End of the Lane both have different ideas of the sacrifice. Sacrifice in the Hobbit consists of giving up lifestyle and comfort. Sacrifice in the Ocean at the End of the Lane comes in the form of giving up life in exchange for life. Yet there is similarity in sacrifice if every sacrifice is considered. Within the Ocean at the End of the Lane, the boy gives up his room with a sink made just for him, so his parents can house strangers within it. The boy loses his cat, and is forces to sacrifice his ability to grieve, because the miner whose Taxi killed his cat, replaced his cat as well. Both the Ocean at the End of the Lane and the Hobbit have a sacrifice atypical of most fantasy literature. It is a sacrifice of comfort, a sacrifice that does not begin nor end in aggression. A sacrifice based off acceptance that the lives of others matter more than the comforts of home.

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