Sophie's World | Study Guide

Jostein Gaarder

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Summary

As an introduction to this novel, Gaarder uses a quotation from the German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832): "He who cannot draw on three thousand years is living from hand to mouth."

Analysis

Goethe is a famous figure from the early Romanticism period, a philosophical epoch concerned with artists and writers as "creator gods." Gaarder's whole purpose in writing Sophie's World is for the reader to learn their philosophic roots so they can ask the questions leading to an understanding of how extraordinary their existence really is.

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