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Sophie's World

Jostein Gaarder


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Key Facts

full title ·  Sophie's World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy

author · Jostein Gaarder

type of work · Novel

genre · Fantasy/philosophical history

language · Norwegian

date of first publication · 1991

publisher · H. Ashehoug & Co.

narrator · Omniscient narrator

climax · Sophie and Alberto disappear from the party.

protagonist · Sophie

antagonist · Albert Knag

setting (time) · The 1990s

setting (place) · Norway

point of view · Sophie is the primary narrator. Beginning with the chapter "Bjerkley," point of view switches between Sophie and Hilde. For a few pages the story is told from Albert Knag's point of view.

falling action · Hilde gives Albert Knag a dose of his own medicine while Alberto and Sophie explore their new lives as spirit.

tense · Immediate past

foreshadowing · Alberto hints several times about Hilde's father's power, the importance of Berkeley, and the possibility that they might escape. Dreams in the book often foreshadow events that will occur later.

tone · The tone is playfully inquisitive.

themes · Philosophy; free will

motifs · Books; dreams

symbols · Alberto as teacher; Hilde as reader; Sophie as student

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a question we all ask

by pala909, August 08, 2012

For my whole life, I have questioned where God came from. I've always believed in a God and that He created us, but I could never wrap myself around the idea of where He Himself came from. One day, I asked my friend and his answer was quite helpful and it might also help you guys, he said, I think God was always there as the essence of "there". God doesn't exist like you and I exist. Based on the way we understand existence, God doesn't exist. That's why that question is so hard for us. When Moses asked God's name he said "I Am"
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by Utilizer, November 29, 2014

Mom - Hilde's mother is a very minor character in the book. The relationship between Hilde and her father is much more central, but *Hilde's mother often provides a stabilizing influence in her daughter's life. We do not know how deep of a thinker she is, but it is clear that she loves her husband and her daughter very much.

Universal truth

by sanaullahkk, April 15, 2015

just take the theory Idealism by Plato, after that come to your Question. God is Metaphysical we can't touch, seen, just fell. when we done an unbelievable work or action which would be impossible for us and without any difficulty we done that work. So this is the help of God and we just fell that God helped us. God who made me and you so how can we decide that God is in us. No, No one knows that where is God and this is Universal truth.
if any one has the Question about my comment so you can asks.


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