What's the meaning behind Sophie's Choice?

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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 of a young man named Stingo who meets Sophie because she lives in his apartment building shortly after World War 2 ends. They become friends and he slowly learns more about her mysterious past. Sophie's live-in partner and lover is an abusive narcissist named Nathan, but Sophie loves him deeply.

Sophie's "choice" could possibly refer to her choice to be with Nathan even though he treats her horribly and has a dangerously violent temper. This...

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