Analysis of Revolt of Mother Essay

1032 Words May 15th, 2000 5 Pages
Analysis of "Revolt of ‘Mother'" In Mary Wilkins Freeman's "The Revolt of ‘Mother'" Mother is the typical woman of the late 1890s, who was brought up to be subservient to men, as was common during the era. America was a completely patriarchal society at the end of the nineteenth century. Women had always been perceived as lesser beings than men; women were thought to be less intelligent, weaker, and generally less important than men. "The Revolt of ‘Mother'" was written just around the time when women started demanding their rights, strong women, like Sarah Penn. The characterization of ‘Mother' as a meek woman strongly conveys an idea about real women standing up for themselves and their beliefs that was just the beginning of a …show more content…
He ignores her when she questions the new barn, and reminds him of the house he had promised her forty years ago. He does not even respect her enough to have a conversation of his plans with her. In his mind, she is not important. because she is a woman. To add insult to injury, he told his son three months ago, because he sees his son as being more important than his wife.
Sammy is personified as a smaller, younger Adoniram. He, like his father, did not tell Mother that they were building a barn. A strong comparison is being made when he was being confronted by Mother he "showed a face like his father's under the smooth crest of hair. Similarities between father and son are pointed out as a key reason for Sarah finally taking a stand.
Sarah's first rebellious attempt to change Adoniram's mind about building her a house failed, illustrating her lack of power. She "stood in the door like a queen; she held her head as if it bore a crown; there was that patience which makes authority royal in her voice," but still could not convince her husband to change his mind. He still has no respect for her, although she is starting to try to assert some authority in the household. She is the one who takes care of the whole family, and the house, yet he still refuses to abide by his promise and build her a new house.
Sarah was unsatisfied with several aspects of her life, and she hoped for a better life for her children. She did everything she could for
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