George Bailey, the main character of It's a Wonderful Life, gave almost everything he had for the benefit of others. His life was built around sacrifice. Below is a short list of what George gives up so that others may have more:
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- George loses his hearing saving Harry from drowning. This occurs only five minutes into the film, including the introductory credits. George loses potential income from his job at Mr. Gower’s Drug Store because of his illness, and cannot serve in the armed forces during World War II because of his hearing loss.
- George’s dreams of travel, college and engineering dissipate when he takes over the building and loan.
- George gives the money he has saved for college to Harry when Peter dies and George takes over building and loan.
- George’s dreams of travel, college and engineering are negated by Mary’s wish at the Granville house.
- Harry takes another job, so George forgoes his planned trip to continue running the building and loan.
- George and Mary forego their honeymoon by giving away their savings to save the family business during the bank run.
- George is stuck fighting the battle of Bedford Falls while his friends are at war.
- George chooses to take the blame when Billy loses $8,000. By doing this, George risks his own reputation and risks going to prison.
- George almost sacrifices his life, thinking it is the better option. He is wrong.