TITLE

The Irony of Sophie's Choice

AUTHOR(S)
Downey, Sharon D.; Rasmussen, Karen
PUB. DATE
September 1991
SOURCE
Women's Studies in Communication;Fall91, Vol. 14 Issue 2, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article contends that the film "Sophie's Choice" is rhetorically significant because of its portrayal of the irony intrinsic in women's ability to choose. The film delineates the complexity and confusion surrounding Sophie's struggle to free herself from the debilitating dominance of her past as she slowly and painfully rediscover's her capacity to act authentically in the present. Her success with creating choice and its consequent empowerment, however, is mitigated by the film's disavowal of her legitimacy as a woman as evidenced by her ironic decision to die. The work's three sequences ground Sophie's choices differentially in external control, relational power, and personal identity. The pairing of present and past within each segment contrasts Sophie's emergent ability to choose in the present with the progressive denial of freedom in her past, and results in an ironic resolution of the film's tension.
ACCESSION #
14612325

 

Related Articles

  • Frantic party gaiety hides a terrible secret. Stolee, James // Alberta Report / Newsmagazine;9/27/93, Vol. 20 Issue 41, p44 

    Reviews the motion picture `Sophie's Choice,' directed by Alan J. Pakula, starring Meryl Streep, Kevin Klein and Peter MacNicol.

  • Sophie's Choice-A Contemporary Ideal. DeMarco, Donald // Linacre Quarterly;Feb2012, Vol. 79 Issue 1, p19 

    In the August 14, 2011, issue of The New York Times Magazine, an article about selective abortion in multiple-gestation pregnancies highlights some of the moral distress accompanying this practice. The overall tenor of the piece, however, is devoid of moral calculation, and seems to proffer...

  • Preferences, choice, goal attainment, satisfaction: That's life? Pecchenino, Rowena A. // Journal of Socio-Economics;May2011, Vol. 40 Issue 3, p237 

    Abstract: We make choices to achieve an objective. The objective is defined by an individual''s preferences. Subject to constraints, the objective is approached or achieved. Is this a good characterization of life? To answer this question we weaken one of the most basic assumptions of economics:...

  • STANLEY KAUFFMANN ON FILMS. Kauffmann, Stanley // New Republic;1/10/83-1/17/83, Vol. 188 Issue 1/2, p40 

    Reviews the motion picture "Sophie's Choice," directed by Alan J. Pakula and starring Meryl Streep. INSET: FILMS WORTH SEEING..

  • Watching the wheels go 'round. Thomson, David // Daily Variety;6/10/2004, Vol. 283 Issue 47, pA6 

    Focuses on the career of film actress Meryl Streep in the U.S. Oscar award won for the movie "Sophie's Choice"; Performance in the film version of "Plenty"; Characters portrayed in other movies. INSETS: STREEP ON SCREEN;Goldie Hawn on Streep;STREEP'S WINNING STREAK.

  • Unhappily Ever After: Visual Irony and Feminist Strategy in Agnès Varda's "Le Bonheur". DeRoo, Rebecca J // Studies in French Cinema;2008, Vol. 8 Issue 3, p189 

    Although Agnès Varda is recognized as an early avatar of feminist film-making, her 1965 film “Le Bonheur” remains a misunderstood work, frequently criticized for its ostensibly anti-feminist message. This essay excavates specific sources of imagery from French women's magazines...

  • STANLEY KAUFFMANN ON FILMS. Kauffmann, Stanley // New Republic;1/10/83-1/17/83, Vol. 188 Issue 1/2, p40 

    Reviews the motion picture "Sophie's Choice," directed by Alan J. Pakula and starring Meryl Streep. INSET: FILMS WORTH SEEING..

  • Bewitching and Bewildering. Corliss, Richard // Time;12/13/1982, Vol. 120 Issue 24, p127 

    The article reviews the film "Sophie's Choice," starring Meryl Streep, directed by Alan J. Pakula and Graeme Clifford.

  • SOPHIE'S CHOICE. Kael, Pauline // New Yorker;12/27/1982, Vol. 58 Issue 45, p74 

    The article reviews the motion picture "Sophie's Choice," directed by Alan J. Pakula and starring William Styron and Meryl Streep.

Share

Read the Article

Courtesy of

Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics