The Holocaust: Sophie’s Choice
Sophie, the polish women, who is forced to make a very difficult decision during the war, a choice that, affects her mental state of mind for the rest of her life. Stingo, the American and narrator of the story struggles to find inspiration for his writing career while also discovering his families past. Nathan, the Jewish man who is hopelessly in love with Sophie a holocaust survivor, lashes out in anger and questions her about her past. Sophie’s Choice uses three characters guilt to portray the hardships of World War 2 and the mental instability it has caused.
What choices did Sophie make? Well, the night that Sophie spends in a hotel with Stingo, she divulges the choices she had to make. During her stay in the concentration camps, she was forced to choose whom to die between the two of her children. By making no choice, she would risk losing both of them; therefore, she chose her son to live and her daughter to die.
The Dachau camp, for example, had “a wonderful pool for the garrison children[and was] ever so much nicer than Auschwitz” (Styron p. 218). So it was difficult for Sophie to predict what would happen from one day to the next.
As we read her story, we bear witness to her fatality, and it is the word made flesh that remains with us in the end.
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