Sophie 's Choice By William Styron Essay

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Sophie’s’ Choice

Sophie’s choice is a film adaptation of the novel Sophie’s Choice by William Styron. In the movie adaptation, Sophie, which is played by academy award winner Meryl Streep, is a polish immigrant, and survivor of the Nazi invasion. The most known and shocking scene from the movie was when Sophie made her infamous choice. In the movie, she was forced to choose which of her two children were to die in a gas chamber. This scene is a common topic discussed in Ethics. Was choosing a child to live and the other one to die morally correct? I believe that in order to answer this question, we need to look and analyze three important arguments of ethics, which are the Aristotelian theory, the Kantian theory and Utilitarian theory.
The first theory is the Kantian theory, which is also known as the deontological moral theory, was first introduced by German philosopher Immanuel Kant. This moral argument was introduced in the philosopher’s Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals. The popular argument explains that we should not do things that we would not want others to do. He believes that we should follow the Universal Law and only act only if it is okay for others to do the same too. Kant believes that before acting, we should analyze whether or not we would approve of someone else doing the same thing to us or other people and to not treat people like objects. The second moral argument we need to keep in mind is the Utilitarian Theory, also known as…

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