Conflict In Sophia

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“Sophia”, written by B.J. Novak, tells the story of Sophia an artificial sex robot who falls in love with the narrator. When she starts expressing human emotions for the narrator he feels uncomfortable and returns her. In this story, conflict is viewed to show the flawed behavior in humans, with love. There are two important themes and that is, people are afraid to love and one’s self-denial of expressing true emotions. The author uses three types of conflict to portray these themes, Sophia internal conflict with the narrator, the narrator external conflict with himself, and Sophia external conflict with herself.

From the start of the story, there has been a conflict between the two main characters, which plays out the theme that people are afraid of love.
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Although the narrator state"[he] is romantic. That is what drives [him], [his] dreams are about love, and [his] daydreams are about love" (69 Readers can rule that he wasn’t a romantic or a lover, especially when he had acted like someone who was afraid of love when he had rejected Sophia's love. The self-denial of this man face is quite ironic, as he states to be someone who he actually isn't and that he is not like every other guy. When in reality he is like every other guy. Moreover, during his last encounter with Sophia, he writes "…which version of perfect [Sophia] was closer to. [he] already [misses] her" (85). At this point he realizes his mistake and his love for Sophia, and that she was both "types of perfect" (73). As the relationship is ending, he starts to experience emotional separation that makes it hard for him to maintain his self-identity. His fear of love and denial of his emotions bested him, as the narrator was his own enemy. Therefore, the author is telling his readers that one’s self-denial is the reason people miss out on expressing true

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