The Revolt Of Mother, By Mary Wilkins Essay

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Mary Wilkins Freeman is the author of “The Revolt of ‘Mother,’” a short story about a mother who is tired of waiting for her husband to fulfill his promises so, she takes matters into her own hands. Originally published in Harper’s Bazaar in 1890, (Cummings 2010) it gave readers a view into the life of a woman who was struggling with how to be correct, and also of her daughter, a young woman about to get married, trying to come into her own. These women came to terms with their own destinies by, following their hearts and making decisions based on love and their own inner strength. The opening scene has Sarah Penn, the mother, asking her husband why there are men digging in the field. A small glimpse is given of Adoniram, the husband’s feeling about the conversation he knows is coming, “there was a sudden dropping and enlarging of the lower part of the old man’s face, as if some heavy weight had settled therein: he shut his mouth tight… “(Freeman 145). It must have been a familiar conversation between them, as he is unwilling to discuss it, and she is unwilling to leave until she gets her answers. She exudes a quiet strength, as she stands waiting, her physical characteristics are described “But her eyes, fixed upon the old man, looked as if the meekness had been the result of her own will, never the will of another.” (Freeman 145). Their daughter is watching from the window. She is described in innocence, “a pretty girl’s face, pink and delicate as a flower……

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