The Revolt Of ' Mother ' By Mary Wilkins

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Oppression will not last forever. Sooner or later, the oppressed subject will stand up against the oppressor someday and finally attains freedom, dignity, and respect. Mary Wilkins wrote her short story, “The Revolt of ‘Mother’” which mainly focused on a woman to stand up against her authoritarian husband. She wrote it during the time when women had no voice and counted as a second class citizen if not a slave. The writer realized that speaking out was the only chain breaker, especially for the one who was acting as Sara Penn to free others and herself from the cage since she was not treated better than her husband’s cow. Mr. Adoniram, husband of Mrs. Penn, built a new barn for his animals while his wife stayed in an old, wall-paper torn and dilapidated roof home. Moreover, he promised to build her a decent home but he did not fulfill his promise for forty years. In “The Revolt of ‘Mother,’” Mary Wilkins portrays the voiceless wife as mother, second and confided citizen, and protagonist role of women clearly. Mrs. Sara Penn is a ‘mother’, but the word ‘mother’ can have different meanings such as a maid woman, selfless wife, or just a caring person to her kids. First, according to the article, Mrs. Sara Penn is maid because the writer speaks clearly saying, “she went into the pantry, and there was a clatter of dishes” where she can cook and wash the dishes (par. 44). Her only work is to fulfil her family’s needs. The writer adds a value saying that, “she laid out Adoniram’s
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