The Revolt Of Mother
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In Ð²Ð‚ÑšThe Revolt of Ð²Ð‚?MotherÐ²Ð‚™Ð²Ð‚Ñœ by Mary E. Wilkins-Freeman, Sarah Penn is a hardworking housewife who has had great regard for her husband and his wishes throughout there forty year married. Until one morning Sarah, who is referred to in the story as Mother, goes against her husbandÐ²Ð‚™s ambitions in hopes of having a better live. Taking place in the late 1800Ð²Ð‚™s in rural America, the Ð²Ð‚ÑšRevoltÐ²Ð‚Ñœ is a typical story of a womanÐ²Ð‚™s rule as a wife and mother. Her husband Adoniram, who is referred to as Father, makes all the decisions for the family and does not wish for Mother to interfere with his decisions throughout the narration.
Initially, Mother starts by questioning Father about why and for what the men in the field are digging on there property? He simply ignores his wives questions and goes about harnessing his mare. Mother does not stop asking and stresses, Ð²Ð‚ÑšLook here, father, I want to know what them men are digginÐ²Ð‚™ over in the field for, anÐ²Ð‚™ IÐ²Ð‚™m goinÐ²Ð‚™ to know.Ð²Ð‚Ñœ (229) Father response by saying, Ð²Ð‚ÑšI wish youÐ²Ð‚™d go into the house, mother, anÐ²Ð‚™ tend to your own affairs.Ð²Ð‚Ñœ (229) He is annoyed by her questions and keeps tending to his choirs wishing she would leave him be. Mother does not give up on the conversation and knowing she will not leave him alone, he simply says, Ð²Ð‚Ñšthe men are digging a cellar for a new barn,Ð²Ð‚Ñœ (229) and goes back to work. Mother is shocked by this and still quizÐ²Ð‚™s him Ð²Ð‚ÑšA barn? You ainÐ²Ð‚™t goinÐ²Ð‚™ to build a barn over there where we was goinÐ²Ð‚™ to have a house, father?Ð²Ð‚Ñœ (230) Father says nothing. The fact that he says nothing establishes that he does not respect his wifeÐ²Ð‚™s thoughts and feels her opinions are invalid.
Then Mother goes back into her house where she tells her daughter Nanny what her Father was building. After interrogating her son Sammy, she becomes aware that this plan for a new barn was set three months ago and that Father will be buying four new cows to reside there. Sammy then goes off the school. Mother is left with her daughter and the thoughts of the new barn. She begins to fix dinner while speaking with Nanny about what she desired the old house to be. Even though Mother is upset about her house conditions she tries not to complain. When Nanny ask Ð²Ð‚ÑšdonÐ²Ð‚™t you think itÐ²Ð‚™s too bad fatherÐ²Ð‚™s going to build that new barn, much as we need a decent house to live in?Ð²Ð‚Ñœ (231) Mother answers, Ð²Ð‚ÑšYou ainÐ²Ð‚™t found out yet weÐ²Ð‚™re women folks, Nanny Penn.Ð²Ð‚Ñœ (231) She was referring to the old rule that the men are the head of household and women are there merely to cook, clean, and bare children. Nanny had not yet understood this age old relationship between men and women – where men ruled.
Later Father and Sammy arrived home for dinner. Father said grace and the family began to eat hastily. After dinner Sammy quickly ran off to school before his father could tell him to stay and help with choirs. Nanny left also to do some errands in town. Right before Father left to go back to work, Mother called after him saying she wanted him to sit down so she could see him for a moment. Her husband ever dreading this conversation reluctantly sat down. She began her appeal about the new barn verses a new house. Saying that he promised forty years ago to build her a better house right where the new barn is being built, Ð²Ð‚ÑšFather, I want to know if you think itÐ²Ð‚™s right. YouÐ²Ð‚™re lodginÐ²Ð‚™ your dumb beasts better than you are your