The Revolt Of Mother: The Power Of Decision Essay

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The Revolt of Mother: The Power of Decision

Decisions shape our lives. In history , the decisions of leaders and generals have changed the course of mankind. In today's world , multi-billion dollar corporations rest on the decisions of a few select executives. On a smaller but no less important scale, acting on decisions can liberate people from stagnation. In the story "The Revolt of Mother" the main character shows us the power of acting on decisions. Mother recognizes the wrongs of her situation and weighs the effect on her family. In the end she acts to free herself and her family from forty years of wrong.

Mother lives forty years with a suppressed dream—a new house promised to her after her wedding. She lives with the
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There ain't a prettier girl in town nor a more ladylike than Nanny, an' that's the place she has to sleep in"(LAC pg. 286).
Mother does something remarkable. Though she vehemently denies to doing so,
Mother decides to complain. She complains to father and break the monotonous silence and complains. As far as we know Mrs. Penn has failed to do this for forty years. Though she gets a less than favorable response from her husband—"I ain't got nothin' to say"—it is the first response about the subject in years.
It's a very important event because Mrs. Penn gets the answer to her forty year question—no. The house is not going to be built. Mrs. Penn's dream dies for now.
Then a new opportunity shows the power of acting on decision.

There is an old saying that says: When God closes a door he opens a window and a back door and a manhole and a secret entrance. There are always different solutions or second chances to resolve problems. Mrs. Penn acted on her first decision to confront her husband's neglect of the family's comfort.
She tried and failed to change her husband's mind. Opportunity presents Mrs.
Penn another chance to set things right. Father leaves the family and newly built barn to take a buy a horse in Vermont. Earlier, Nanny, with gentle pettishness, suggested to have the wedding in the barn. This helps fuel a bold decision by Mrs. Penn.

"S'posin' I had wrote to Hiram, she had muttered once, when she was
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