Tuesday, September 9, 2008
The Son's Veto
In this short fiction book, I found myself very interested and confused. The reason I was so interested was because the whole time I wanted to see if Sophy would ever marry Sam. Sophy lived her life unsatisfied, and just took whatever she could get. She was very poor and never had the opportunities like some others. She didn't want to live like that forever and then she married Mr. Twycott. During the whole story, I had respect for Sophy for keeping herself together, and for having such strength. She wants to marry Sam so bad, but she doesn't because she wants the best for her son and he doesn't want her to marry below his social class or remarry at all. This has got to be so hard for her living at home everyday by yourself with nobody to talk to and nothing to do, but she still doesn't give in to Sam because she doesn't want to disrespect her son. This is the part when I became a little confused because I don't know how a son could treat his mother like this. No matter what class she was in before she married Mr. Twycott, I feel like Randolph should treat his mother with love and respect. I understand how social classes worked back then, but it just made me feel sympathy for Sophy, and a little anger towards Randolph. Randolph in this story acts very unfair and selfish for not letting his mother remarry, but never changes his mind. This story might be a letdown for some because there wasn't the happy ending that you would have thought was going to happen. I also think that the narrator did a good job telling the story, and it was very easy to read. This story makes you think a lot about the past and makes you realize how good we have it now. I think that this short fiction novel tells a big function and had an effect on everyone.