Who changes within the story "The Revolt of Mother"?

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troutmiller eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Adoniram is definitely the dynamic (changing) character in this short story.  In the very beginning he was a very stern "man of the house." He does not communicate with his wife and he seems to be used to getting and having things his way.  At the end when he comes home and finds her in the barn and everything else in the house, he is dumbfounded.  He even weeps after realizing that for the first time he sees the needs of his wife.

"Sarah bent over and touched her husband on one of his thin, sinewy shoulders. Father!

   The old man's shoulders heaved: he was weeping.

   Why, don't do so, father, said Sarah.

   I'll -- put up the -- partitions, an' -- everything you -- want, mother."

The fact that a big strong man is found weeping (in such a time period where women stayed home and took care of the house, etc) shows a big change in his character.  He lets her live in the barn and life goes on.  Most men of this era would never allow it.  The men of the town already think she's lost her mind.

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The Revolt of 'Mother'

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