Sophie’s choice refers to an extremely difficult decision a person has to make. It describes a situation where no outcome is preferable over the other. This can be either because both outcomes are equally desirable or both are equally undesirable.
Sophie’s Choice is the title of a 1979 novel by William Styron, and in 1982 Sophie’s Choice was made into a critically acclaimed film starring Meryl Streep
In the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz, Sophie is given an impossible choice regarding her two kids (A boy and a girl)
Choice 1 Choose which kid to live and let the other die in Nazi gas chamber
Choice 2 Let both the kids die
For Sophie, there is no best option, and even not making a choice carries a heavy consequence. But, she had no time and had to make a choice.. and she did make a choice.
Hence, the title represents analogy for choices that are similarly difficult for the person making them.
Note For those who did not read the novel or watch movie, attaching the clip from the movie and for this very fine performance, Meryl Streep won Oscar Award for best actress. It might break your heart, if you have one…