Feminism in "The Revolt of 'Mother'" by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman

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The Wife of Man: An Existential Approach to Modern Feminism

"In literature, Expressionism is often considered a revolt against realism and naturalism, seeking to achieve a psychological or spiritual reality rather than record external events in logical sequence"

The Revolt of "Mother" by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman is a piece of literature that subjectively reconciles the author's inner experiences through the main character. Coincidentally, the composition is both a work of romanticism and feminism as it defies the establishment of social norms and rules with respect to gender, in accordance with a natural embodiment of marital synergy. Both romanticism and feminism movements are typically explicit in a literary sense, but Freeman's depiction of herself by means of a fictional embodiment named Mrs. Peen includes both an implicit and explicit representation. In doing so, Freeman departs from expressionism, and embraces psychological realism and the portrayal of inner-self through the consciousness of a fictional character.

I believe The Revolt of "Mother" is collectively a subjective interpretation of self-identity through the eyes of a feminist, by the hands of a realist, and the mind of an existentialist.

Freeman's deliberate use of Mrs. Penn throughout the story is in actuality an embodiment of herself. Consequently, Freeman takes no responsibility for what Mrs. Penn does or says, because it is obviously not Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and therefore she cannot be responsible for the mentality of a fictional character. Further, Samuel Langhorne Clemens also wrote his social observations under the name of Mark Twain; in order to secure his own reputation. Thus, using Mrs. Penn as a literary instrument, Freeman can systematically unfold herself to the reader through a subjective and objective utilization of certain characteristics from which she intends to convey. Freeman exploits characterization, especially through Mrs. Penn, to accentuate the fictional piece as...