Jostein read. Sophie’s World follows the interactions between

Jostein Gaardner’s Sophie’s World is a novel
that entails the history of philosophy and its use as a way to explain and
explore the world as we see it. In addition to this, it also describes the
philosophical ideas and ideals of many ‘great thinkers’ from ancient Greece to
modern day Great Britain. Although it is about philosophy, Sophie’s World
is very enthralling, due in part to Gaardner’s addition of a sidestory fit for
its own novel. This, in combination of the culmination of over 2000 years of
philosophic reasoning, creates a unique novel and a great, albeit long, read.

 

            Sophie’s
World follows the interactions between Sophie Amundsen, a teenage girl
living in Norway, and Alberto Knox, mysterious and secretive philosopher giving
Sophie lessons through unstamped packages of typewritten texts. At the novel’s
start, Sophie is sent 2 letters  with a
question each. The first question being “Who
are you?” and the second being “Where
does the world come from?”. After pondering these questions for a little,
Sophie gets a strange postcard addressed to “Hilde Møller Knag ? Sophie
Amundsen”(8)  from her father, wishing
his daughter, Hilde, a happy birthday. Sophie almost immediately makes a
connection between Hilde and the strange letters.

 

            The
next day, as Sophie is coming back from school, she gets the mail out of the
mailbox and sees a large brown envelope with the words “Course in Philosophy”
written

 

 

on the back. This eventually becomes a regular
occurrence, with Sophie getting a white envelope with a philosophical question
on it to prepare her for the coming lesson. This continues for a few days until
Sophie begins to question who the person sending these lessons is. A couple
days after writing a note and leaving it in the mailbox for the mysterious
philosopher, she gets a video tape of the philosopher standing in modern
Athens, Greece. In this video, the philosopher, who has now been revealed to be
Alberto Knox, seems to go back in time to ancient Greece.

 

            A few
days after the video, Sophie decides to find where Alberto is living, and decides
to follow the paths in the forest behind her house.Soon she comes to a red
cabin called”‘The Major’s Cabin” across a small lake. The cabin was clearly
Alberto’s and also seemed recently lived in, due to a woodfire burning in the
fireplace. In the cabin, there was also a mirror, but this mirror allowed
Sophie to see herself blink. Soon Sophie hears barking and runs out of the
cabin, however she doesn’t leave empty handed and takes a letter addressed to
her. Another few days pass, and Sophie checks the mailbox. She finds another
postcard addressed to “Hilde Møller Knag ? Sophie Amundsen”,except this one has
the date of her birthday on it.

 

Several days later on May 17th—Norway’s National
Day—Sophie’s friend Joanna, asks her if she wants to camp, and she agreed,
however no for the reason joanna thought.

 

The reason Sophie wanted to camp was because she
wanted to go back to the Major’s Cabin and see how Alberto left it, except she
didn’t want to do it alone. In the cabin, they find a box of postcards—all addressed
to Hilde Møller Knag ? Alberto Knox—abd start reading them. The last postcard
they read says that Hilde will meet Sophie soo, and this makes Sophie and
Joanna scared, so they go back to their tent, taking the brass mirror with
them.

 

            A
week passes and Sophie meets Alberto Knox in person. He has a large house with
a large number of trinkets and old inventions. From this point on, Sophie is
taught in person instead of by mail. Soon, things start to escalate with the
Strange postcards from Hilde’s father, and it is foreshadowed that her
philosophy lessons will be extremely relevant to her odd experiences. It is
hypothesized that Sophie and Alberto exist in Hilde’s father’s mind. Both
Sophie and Alberto begin to realize that Hilde’s Dad is more than just a
person, and that he has some awesome power over their lives. At this point in
the story, the point of view switches from Sophie and Alberto to Hilde.

 

            The
switch immediately opens up to Hilde waking up on her birthday. As her birthday
gift, her father, Albert, gets her a book called Sophie’s World. At this
point, Hilde is certain Sophie exists as a real person, and not as a character
in the book. Alberto comes up with a plan to escape Albert Knag’s mind and
exist as a soul. Towards

 

the end of Sophie’s World, the version Hilde is
reading, Sophie and Alberto disappear, and have escaped Albert Knag’s mind.

 

            Jostein
Gaardner’s goal in writing Sophie’s World was probably to analyze the
way people have thought about the world in which they live in, and to apply
that thought to an original story. If that was his goal, then he did achieve
it. Sophie’s World is a great novel not only because of its originality,
but also its careful use of many philosophies intertwined in a captivating
story.