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The Revolt of 'Mother' Summary
Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman

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The Revolt of 'Mother' Summary


First published in 1890 in Harper's Bazaar, "The Revolt of 'Mother"' then appeared the following year, with only a few textual changes, in Mary E. Wilkins Freeman's second short story collection, A New England Nun and Other Stories.

Freeman is best known for her local color stories that portrayed rural life in small New Eng-land towns at the end of the nineteenth century, which was a time of great change. While her use of these elements contributes to her effective picture of the village community, in "The Revolt of 'Mother"' her emphasis lies more with the oppression and rebellion of women, a theme that she deals with in other stories written during the same period, notably "A New England Nun." In portraying a main character insistent on receiving fair treatment from her husband, both for herself and her family, Free-man conveys women's lack of power. At the same...

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