Summary Of ' The Revolt Of Mother '

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The Revolt of Women?
In Freeman’s “The Revolt of Mother”, Sarah is a woman trying to break through her husband’s wall of indifference. Indifference to her opinion, to what she cares about, and what she believes is right. This indifference to women and their beliefs is not out of the ordinary though for this time period. Men of the time supposedly knew best and did whatever they thought was best. Women, like Sarah, have little to no right to do or say as they please. Sarah, being the strong and semi-independent woman she is, badgers Adoniram to no end and uses basic logic and intelligence to skirt around his base authority in a way not to completely go against his authority. Sarah subverts the patriarchal systems of the time through the use
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Sarah’s own son doesn’t even think that business of the family is worth telling to his mother. Sammy follows after his father in the fact that he thinks women have no right to know any business that is talked about and decided on by men. Sammy has grown up in a culture where men are superior, women are inferior, men know best, and women don’t know what they are talking about. He determines that the women in his family aren’t privy to the information because they aren’t capable of understanding the weight of the decision anyway, and won’t be involved in making the decision either. Adoniram, like most men of his time, feels he is doing what is best for his family, and doesn’t consult any of the women in his life because their opinion is not valued or respected. This situation, as previously described, is not an isolated incident though. Patriarchal dominance is the standard of the time and it is looked upon by men as a good thing, and sometimes is seen as an affront towards women. Standards have changed in favor of more liberal thinking in these modern times, so therefore it stands to reason that “Father-Adoniram Penn-is thus introduced as the unsavory villain of the piece, a defiant man who will have his way and who will brook no opposition to his plans” (McElrath 257). While it may be true that Adoniram is the main antagonist of the story, he does not fit the stereotype of a villain in this short story. While he does ignore his wife and tries to suppress her ideas, he
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