The Battle of the Sexes Continue in The Revolt Of Mother Essay

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The Battle of the Sexes Continue in The Revolt Of Mother "Unsolicited opportunities are the guide-posts of the Lord to the new roads of life." This quote from Mary E. Wilkins Freeman's "The Revolt Of 'Mother"' exemplifies the independent and rebellious spirit of the main character, Sarah Penn. Because Sarah Penn's behavior is unorthodox for a woman of the nineteenth century, the author constantly compared her to similar historical figures. When Mrs. Penn is baking her husband's favorite mince pies, we become aware of the first historical relationship. The author described her face as "full of meek vigor which might have characterized one of the New Testament saints." The author continues to express that "however…show more content…
Wilkens Freeman even compared Sarah's character to the British general, James Wolfe, who climbed the Heights of Abraham to fight and win a battle against Quebec during the Seven Years War (1756-1763) (Stanford 563). Sarah won this appellation when she and her children moved all the household possessions into the new barn while her husband was away. The comparison of Sarah's behavior to that of the British General symbolizes her bravery for fighting for what is best for herself and her children, just as General Wolfe fought for what he believed was right. It represents how she went against the dominance of her husband and the ways of society to gain justice. The final example of Sarah Penn's similarities to historical figures comes toward the end of the story when the town minister, who represents the moral establishment, visits Sarah at her new "home." She is described as greeting him with her typical saintly face, but this time with an angry undertone. Her eyes show the spirit that her meek personality obscures. As she speaks to the minister about the reasons behind her rebellious actions, she proceeds to take on the characteristics of a Pilgrim standing before Plymouth Rock or a pioneer taking on a new frontier. "I think it's right jest as much as I think it was right of our forefathers to come over from the old country 'cause they didn't
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