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Geshun Harris Professor Kruger English 102 Nov 1 2010 Revolt of Mother Feminism is not a homogeneous ideology or movement; there are several different strains of feminism varying from several different perspectives. In most basic sense, feminism is exactly what the dictionary says it is: the movement for social, political, and economic equality of men and women. To add to that, feminism means that both men and women have the right to enough info to make informed choices about their lives. This is the case in the story, “The revolt of Mother” by Mary B. Wilkins. In the short story, Sarah Penn, also referred to as Mother, shows she is a feminist by her actions from the beginning of the story to the end. The way Mother was kept out of the families decisions by the father, take care of all the cleaning, cooking , sewing and embroidery done inside the house, and her not speaking up for 40 years on what husband was building besides her promised house is evidence that mother is a not a feminist. “The Revolt of ‘Mother’”, was a story of a woman who lived in New England around or before the author’s time. In a book by Howard Zinn called “ A Peoples History of the United States”, he discusses how most single women in the late 1800’s and early 19900’s worked for a living, but most expected to give up work when married, which is the case in the short story “The Revolt of Mother”. Mother was kept out of the families decisions by the father, Adoniram Penn, until one event that lead to her taking drastic actions while her husband was gone . Through the story Sarah moved from a feeling of servitude to her husband, to a feeling that she was in servitude to the Lords will and this led her, in the end, to hold power over her husband. In a
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patriarchal society in this story, women didn’t have right in making decision in a family. Meaning that during these time women were usually not feminist women as they did everything but hard labor with very little say so. Family decisions should be made by having discussions between husband and wife who have to share equal roles for the development and prosperity of the family. That’s Feminism. "I wish you'd go into the house, mother, an' 'tend to your own affairs," the old man said then. He ran his words together, and his speech was almost as inarticulate as a growl” (Pg 553). Extra 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
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