In the novel-within-the-novel, Sophie Amundsen discovers a strange brass mirror that allows her to see her “real-life” counterpart, Hilde Møller Knag. It’s interesting that in Sophie’s World the mirror, a traditional symbol of self-contemplation, is depicted as a tool for interpersonal communication—a magical device that allows Sophie to see another part of the world. The message would seem to be that introspection and careful thinking, the qualities that Sophie’s philosophical education encourages, don’t just lead to a better understanding of oneself, but also to a better understanding of the world and other people.
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The timeline below shows where the symbol The Brass Mirror appears in Sophie’s World. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 10: The Major’s Cabin
...“Berkeley.” There’s also another painting of a white house, captioned, “Bjerkely.” Sophie notices a large brass mirror hanging on the wall. When Sophie stares into the mirror and winks with one eye,... (full context)
Chapter 13: The Postcards
Chapter 16: The Renaissance
Chapter 23: Bjerkeley
...real person. Hilde reaches the passage in her book in which Sophie stares in the brass mirror and sees a strange girl winking back at her—Hilde recognizes this strange girl as herself.... (full context)
Chapter 27: Hegel
...“mirror of the world spirit.” Sophie finds this interesting, since it reminds her of the brass mirror in her room. She wonders what the “significance” of this mirror could be. Alberto suggests... (full context)