What Is Sophie's Choices

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Sophie, in “Sophie’s Choice” is presented with a moral dilemma. She can avoid the death of one of her children, but there’s a catch: saving one will condemn the other to be killed. The doctor intensifies the already unsettling situation by telling Sophie that if she chooses neither or doesn’t reply fast enough, then both will be killed. It is evident, according to Utilitarianism, that Sophie has a morally compelling reason to choose one of her children. Given the circumstances, I agree with Sophie’s Choice of preventing the death of one child despite the cost of the other child’s life. It is important to realize that having to pick which child you will let survive in a matter of seconds must have been nerve wracking to both Sophie and her children.
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