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Sophie's Choice

Why Did Sophie Choose Her Son

The basis of the question goes to to the heart of the choice Sophie has to make. There is little, if any, rational justification behind why she chooses what she chooses. This is probably the...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2009 10:40 am UTC

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Why was Sophie sent to Auschwitz?

Sophie is a Polish Catholic, not a Jew, so it's a perfectly valid question to ask why she's sent to Auschwitz. Indeed, Sophie, herself, doesn't really understand what she's doing there. She keeps...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2018 8:41 am UTC

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What choice did the doctor force Sophie to make?

The answer to this question is far more complicated than it seems. The choice that the doctor forces Sophie to make is between her son and daughter; he forces her to choose which child lives and...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2016 1:15 am UTC

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Why does Sophie choose to stay with Natahan and his brutality and violence?

I think that "choose" is a relative term in this particular context. Sophie has little understanding of "choice" in her life. The experiences she has suffered as both a victim of private and...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2011 7:59 pm UTC

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In Sophie's Choice, what are some specific examples of Sophie cooperating with Nazis?

Sophie's cooperation with the Nazis commences as soon as she is sent to Auschwitz. There, she is forced to sacrifice one child so the other can live. To save her son Jan, Sophie chooses to send her...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2016 6:41 pm UTC

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What's the meaning behind Sophie's Choice?

This is not only the title of William Styron's novel but refers to a central plot point and revelation, one that affects the title character's entire life. The novel is told from the point of view...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2018 5:18 pm UTC

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In Sophie's Choice, should we feel empathy/sympathy for Sophie? Why?

Indeed, Sophie is a complex character. There are many statements, actions, and representations that make her very unlikable. She does carry herself in a manner both during and after her...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2009 1:04 am UTC

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In Sophie's Choice, how does Sophie's support of her father and husband's anti-semitic beliefs lead her to...

There is a sense in which the character of Sophie enteres into a state of denial as she faces the awesome nature of the evil that surrounds her that is embodied in the Third Reich. We need to...

Latest answer posted February 29, 2012 1:23 pm UTC

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Identify a symbol of significance that is in Sophie's Choice.

One symbol in Sophie's Choice is the classical music that the titular Sophie plays in her neighborhood. After surviving Auschwitz, having to choose which of her two children would be put in the gas...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2019 3:01 pm UTC

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In Sophie's Choice, how do Sophie and Nathan show deception and self-deception and why? I'm also not sure what this...

The deception that both Sophie and Nathan display are pathological in their nature, contributing to making their lives more livable. Nathan's deception of others relies on concealing from others...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2009 9:25 pm UTC

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In Sophie's Choice, why does Nathan lie about his occupation as a research biologist? Is it something to do with...

Nathan is a narcissistic personality who also has delusions of grandeur. He is also very paranoid and has an explosive temper. He lies about who he is in order to affect others' opinion of him. He...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2009 1:35 am UTC

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Discuss Sophie and Hanna's shame and guilt in Sophie's Choice by William Styron and The Reader by Berhnard Schlink.

Both female protagonists have powerful experiences in the idea of public shame and private guilt. Sophie's experience of guilt is a private hell where she sees herself as perpetrator of the death...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2009 9:21 am UTC

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In Sophie's Choice, what was Stingo's motivation for leaving with Sophie?

I think that the primary motivation for leaving with Sophie is that Stingo feels immediately threatened by Nathan. Convinced of the supposed treachery of Sophie and Stingo, Nathan ends up...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2012 10:58 am UTC

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In a summary of chapter 6 from Sophie's Choice, what would be of importance to include?

I think that chapter 6 holds much in way of how Sophie is as both participant and reflective agent of her past. The narration of her past to Stingo reflects much in this light. There is confusion...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2012 6:49 pm UTC

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While tragic in the end, is any hope suggested in William Styron's Sophie's Choice?

I would say that while the ending is fairly bleak, I would say that the Stingo might represent the hopeful element in the story. After hearing Sophie's testimony of what was endured in the camps,...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2010 10:16 am UTC

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What were the post -war judgements of the war & Holocaust in Sophie's Choice and what does this say about society?

One post war judgement rendered through Styron's work is the understanding of evil and the need to assert critical voices towards it at every possible opportunity. The Post World War America felt...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2009 9:06 pm UTC

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In there any consciousness of identity and exitence in the novel sophie's choice by william styron and the handmaid's...

Offred, the protagonist of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, is similarly unable to divorce her sense of self from her past experiences. In the society of Gilead, identity is also attached to...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2010 11:26 pm UTC

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Is the novel anti-semitic?

I believe you can make the argument by focusing on the character of Sophie, but ultimately I don't think it is valid. Any novel that examines the horrors of the holocaust with such searing detail...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2007 2:51 am UTC

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Does Sophie's Choice tell us that it's easier to deceive others more than yourself? Or vica versa? Discuss.

I think that you have sketched out some very good points here. Indeed, self deception is a powerfully resonant theme in Styron's work. Sophie's character has been built on deception in order to...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2009 3:21 am UTC

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What are the similarities/differences of deception/self-deception in Sophie's Choice and The Reader?

Indeed, the levels of comparison between Sophie and Hanna are rather compelling. Both characters engage in a level of deception about themselves and their roles in their Holocaust experiences....

Latest answer posted August 22, 2009 1:42 am UTC

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Discuss the idea of Sophie's Choice and The Reader showing us that the holocaust was not black and white but rather...

Both works evoke a great deal of complexity within the Holocaust through the narratives of the protagonists. On first glance, Hanna's story seems straight forward: A Nazi guard who was...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2009 12:59 am UTC

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