I really found this story to be one fill with interesting depictions of the social nature of the society in which Sophy lived. This came to be extremely depressing to me in the sense that her unhappiness was unavoidable in order to be accepted by the people most involved in her life. Sophy missed out on an excellent opportunity, one that she wanted to badly; however, the approval of her son mattered more that marry the person she so desperately wanted to marry. These action can easily be the results of the social implications imposed in her society. Women did not contain much of a voice in society, and the men made many of the decisions in which these women obliged.
Age was not even a factor as to when women were expected to respect the opinions of women. It wasn't Sophy's husband or father, but her son who was the individual who caused her so much grief. At a very early age, men are taught to think for women, and to decide what is best for them.. This can greatly be seen in this story, for Sophy was not allowed to marry without first attaining the approval of her son.
Sophy lived in a time where a women's input did not matter, and as a result, she lived a life unfulfilled and died unhappy,miserable, and lonely. This was something I really did not like about the story. As i was reading I strongly hoped that the son would come around and allow his mother to be with the man she so desperately longed for. I then started to think, 'why should she have to listen to someone who she's suppose to be raising?" To me it seemed extremely awkward for a mother to be obeying her son when she is the one that is suppose to be setting rules. However, it stems with what the societal standards were and Sophy was obligated to listen to the men personally connected with her life before making any major decisions about it.