Analysis Of The Revolt Of Mother

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“The Revolt of Mother” written by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman gave an insight to how women were brought up during this era to be submissive towards men, and have hardly any rights besides being the wife and mother of the household. Cooking, cleaning, and raising children is what their purpose was for the rest of their lives. Men had more power and authority then women were allowed to hold in the community. It was frowned upon if women were to take a stand for themselves and stand for what they believe in. Equality was not in question when it came to comparing men and women. The women were thought of not being capable of power, they were weak, and not educated/intelligent. Throughout “The Revolt of Mother,” Sarah wasn’t even acknowledged by her name, but only “Mother.” Men didn’t respect their wives enough to share important family business matters as in building a new barn. In the opening of the story the mother and father have a dispute on …show more content…

The way they talk about riding horses and living with livestock, it forms the scene of a countryside setting. "There ain't no use talkin', Mr. Hersey," said she. "I've thought it all over an' over, an' I believe I'm doin' what's right. I've made it the subject of prayer, an' it's betwixt me an' the Lord an' Adoniram. There ain't no call for nobody else to worry about it." (Freeman, “The Revolt of Mother”, 2017) She uses biblical references showing the religious background and beliefs the people came from. “The Revolt of Mother is one of Mary E. Wilkins Freeman’s most frequently anthologized stories, and, as an exemplary member of the local-color genre, its action is both poignant and culturally revealing.” (Gallagher, “The Explicator”, 1969) She writes about what is currently happening in her time period and brings voices to life throughout her short stories. In this case, it is the women who are considered housewives with only a few

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