Analysis Of ' The Revolt Of Mother ' By Michael Grimwood
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The feministic movement has been one that has provided many an author with a starting point for novels, films, etc. Through this movement many others began to look into emasculation and if this could be an outcome of feminism. Mary Wilkins’ “The Revolt of Mother” has become a prime example used for this very case according to Michael Grimwood. Grimwood’s journal article delves deep into masculinity and femininity, gender roles and architecture. The author explains how many have used Wilkins’ work as a case for modern feminism; however, he reputes this by using her autobiography as a source demonstrating that it isn’t feminism that drives “Mother” to revolt but “lost patriarchy” that allows her to do so. Although the author acknowledges that this piece can be easily be mistaken for feminism, he argues that the true focus is not on just one character but on both “Mother” and “Father” and how they came to life from her personal experience. His detail and evidence allows the reader to understand how Wilkens’ thought and how she might have assumed life had become. The character’s growth and understanding for one another, as Grimwood explains, could be her deepest desires for what she would have wisher her life to be.
This journal article was published in 2007 by the University of Illinois press and was included in American Literary Realism. Grimwood focuses on Wilkens’ life and how this molded her writing. He explains that she had lived a life with many “kitchen colonels”