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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 authors 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 Freemans 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 Freemans 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 both an intuitive and deliberate ramification of the feminist ideology and the renewal of romanticism by placing more importance on emotion rather than
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