Book Analysis: The Revolt Of Mother

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The Revolt of “Mother” by Mary E. Wilkens Freeman was published in Harper’s New Monthly Magazine in September 1890. The story describes gender roles that women, men and children were given. Women were to stay home to cook, clean, and to sew. Men on the other hand were sent out to work; they had all the power and decision-making. Children who were boys went to school, while children that were girls stayed home and sewed awaiting their marriage day. In the story, readers can tell men were more acknowledged and dominant because the author states mothers name as Sarah Penn only after talking about men being immovable, even though she herself was described like that in the beginning. If women went against a man or their husband in the 19th century, they were considered “insane, lawless, and rebellious” (Wilkins Freeman 207).
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It is about women standing up for themselves. Men in today’s society are getting away with rape and abusing women. For example, a swimmer from Stanford University sexually assaulted an unconscious girl and was only sentenced to six months in jail (Outrage over Six-month Sentence in Stanford Rape Case). It is important for women to take a stand and stand up for themselves. So many women are terrified to stand up against men because they are so much bigger and often times are listened to more than women are. One out of three (about 70%) women will experience abuse at least once in their lifetime (Support the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA)). Only three out of 100 rapists will never receive punishment (97 of Every 100 Rapists Receive No Punishment, RAINN Analysis Shows | RAINN). This story is all about women coming together and standing up for their rights. I love how the author used the term “mother” instead of Sarah the whole story. By not giving “mother”, a name it shows it could be any women standing up and defending

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