What is Daniel willing to sacrifice for Joel's freedom in The Bronze Bow?

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Daniel expects to lose his life to gain Joel's freedom. The author says,

"He had no real expectation that he would get back up the bank, but he meant to see, with the last ounce of his strength, that Joel did."

When Daniel discovers that Rosh has no intention of sending men to free Joel, he gathers a small band together himself and plots to secure Joel's release without Rosh's help. Even though his insistence on trying to rescue his friend has forced him to break with the man he has followed for so long, Daniel still has respect for the Cause to which they are all committed, which is freeing Israel from the Romans. Telling his men that they

"have no right to waste lives that are needed for the Cause...even for Joel,"

Daniel plans to take just as much risk as is necessary to free Joel, and no more. He instructs his men to cause a distraction on the cliff while he takes on the dangerous job of climbing down to cut Joel's chains, and when Joel's release is secured, tells them that they must all retreat, and not worry about his own safety (Chapters 18-19).

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In "The Bronze Bow," what does Daniel expect to lose in order to gain Joel's freedom?

Daniel expects to lose his relationship with Rosh, his place among Rosh's band, and any further contact with Samson. Although he knows the mission is a high-risk proposition, he does not expect any of the twenty young men—including himself—to lose their lives in their attempt to save Joel. He expects to be able to confuse the Romans and free Joel. These expectations are only partially met.

Daniel abandons Rosh and will never consider him his leader again. He declares, "I am not one of your men. Not any longer." As he leaves, he knows he is finished with his association with the band on the mountain. When Joktan volunteers to leave with him, he accepts him, but he regrets that Samson has not appeared so he can at least say goodbye to him. He believes he will never see him again. 

When discussing his plan with the nineteen others in his group, he explains how they will surprise and confuse the Romans long enough for him to rush down, break Joel's chains, and return with him. Although he knows all the boys are willing to give their lives for Joel's rescue, he determines as their leader that none of them will die. Only for a moment he allows himself to think of the ultimate battle that will throw off Roman rule. Although he brushes that thought aside, there is no inkling that he expects to die in this skirmish even though he knows it is very dangerous. 

What really happens smashes Daniel's expectations. Despite his resolve to keep all the boys safe, Nathan dies. And despite his assumption that he would never see Samson again, Samson appears and sacrifices himself to save Joel and Daniel. 

So in the end, Daniel loses a good friend in Nathan, he loses Samson—although he did get to see him once more—and he loses his belief in his ability to fight off the Romans. The losses change Daniel's whole perspective because "the eager confidence of the night before would never be regained." 

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In "The Bronze Bow," what does Daniel expect to lose in order to gain Joel's freedom?

After Joel is taken by the Romans, Daniel determines to rescue him. He discovers that he cannot count on Rosh, who considers people expendable in the larger scheme of the war, and so he gathers a few people together and stages an ambush. Daniel is not stupid, and knows that the rescue is practically guaranteed to be a suicide mission, but he does not want to be the kind of person who sits back and allows his friends to be killed for nothing.

It was no flimsily-guarded caravan they awaited. And behind him was no tight-knit band that would move with precision and cunning, only a cluster of untried boys... Still, he could count on them. He knew that every boy in the band was prepared to give his life. It was up to him, the one they had chosen leader, to see that none of them had to.
(Speare, The Bronze Bow, Google Books)

Daniel has lost Rosh, the man he considered an almost infallible moral compass, because Rosh was willing to let Joel die to preserve the cause. Daniel has now discovered that he is not like Rosh at all; Daniel believes in himself and his men as individuals and as a team, not as pawns to be sacrificed. In the pursuit of his moral obligation to rescue Joel by any means possible, Daniel is willing to sacrifice himself to avoid becoming a coward like Rosh.

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In The Bronze Bow, what does Daniel expect to lose by freeing Joel? What does he actually lose?

Daniel expects that he may lose his life in the effort to free Joel. He is going to be the one to get close enough to break Joel's chain because "that's a blacksmith's job." After instructing Nathan how to help Joel up the face of the rock, Daniel answers Nathan's question, "How do you get back?" He tells Nathan that he will pull him up, but he "had no real expectation that he would get back up the bank." This means Daniel is ready to risk his life to save Joel, and he believes it could really happen. However, what really happens is that Nathan and Samson die in the ensuing battle. Samson has been following Daniel and the group of 19 others in secret. Samson pushes a great rock down on the line of soldiers, creating an opportunity for Daniel to nearly free Joel. However, a battle ensues, and Daniel blacks out. When he awakes, he and Joel are alive, but he learns Nathan was killed and Samson was severely injured and captured by the Romans. In addition to losing his two friends, Daniel also loses his naive confidence. He realizes that overcoming the might of Rome will take more than his own zeal. If it had not been for Samson's intervention, both Daniel and Joel would probably have died.

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