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Crime and Punishment of Auschwitz: Interpreting Concept of Original Sin in Sophie's Choice

LU Shan   

  1. Literature School, Jilin University, Changchun Jilin 130000, China
  • Received:2014-11-13 Online:2016-09-25 Published:2016-08-23


American novelist William Styron's Sophie's Choice is deemed as one of the classics of Holocaust Literature. Styron focused on Christian theology and reinterpreted the doctrine of the original sin through Sophie's life in Krakow, Auschwitz and Brooklyn. Styron's reinterpretation does not concern condemning the violence of Nazi, instead, it concerns the original sin of everyone, the situation caused by loss of freedom. The interpretation not only changes the traditional reflection of Holocaust, but also shows people in despair the way of redemption.

Key words: William Styron, Sophie's Choice, Auschwitz, holocaust, original sin, redemption

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