Well Behaved Women Essay

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" Well Behaved Women"

" Well behaved women rarely make history." This is a famous quote said by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. Ms. Ulrich is a professor of history at Harvard University and she is well known for many of her publications, one of them being "Good Wives" a book written about women in Northern New England 1650-1750. Her writings offer an individualized picture of an important part of colonial society in all aspects, a society in which the boundaries of men and women sometimes were blurred within the individual household. I believe we can find a true correlation between these theories and in the story written by Mary Freeman, "The Revolt of "Mother."" Boundaries are broken within the traditional thinking of the oppressed wife and
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He tells her "I wish you'd go into the house, mother an' `tend to your own affairs" (Freeman, 733). Sarah understood, but this time she was going to try to stand her ground. Sarah replies to her husband, "I ain't goin' into the house till you tell me what them men are doin' over there in the field" (Freeman, 733). Sarah seems frustrated with her husband's behavior; he is avoiding the subject. Finally, he tells her that they are digging a cellar for a new barn. Sarah is devastated and confused. Where the men were digging is where her husband had promised to build a house for their family. Sarah knew her place, she is not to question, and she has always to agree and accepted any decision her husband had made. Adoniram cares much more about himself and his own wants and desires. He spends most of his days in the barn, so he ould prefer a new plce for himself before a new place for his wife. He believes that his desires are more substatial thatn those of a woman.

Now Adorinam has done a good job in being strong a role model for his son Sammy. Their son has been taught the ways of tradition, what the men say goes. No questions asked. This is evident when Sarah questions her son about the new barn. Sammy initially ignores his mother just as his father did. After she questions him for the second time, he confessed to his mother in a nonchalant manner, "Yes, I s'pose I did" (Freeman, 734). Sammy knew of the barn for three

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