Film Analysis of Mary Silliman’s War
I very much enjoyed watching the film “Mary Assailant’s War. ” The movie highlighted the story of a woman in the revolutionary war who lost her husband for an extended period of time. Mary Assailant’s husband, Sellers. Was a state attorney In Connecticut, and was in charge of prosecuting Tories. Tories are people whoso allegiance still lies with the British empire, and Seller’s Job Is to basically keep them away from the colonies by either sending them back to Brutal or putting them In jail.
However, when two Tones, Griswold and Glover, are sentenced to be executed, there Is an uprising against the man who prosecuted them. So while Sellers gets sent away, Mary Is forced to live at home by herself with her two children. She does have the help of her servant girl Amelia and her slave, Peter, but at the same time Mary takes it upon herself to take control’ in a sense. In the beginning of the film, we see that Mary Sicilian has no power or say in the household. The opening scene has her son or Amelia ask about getting something extra, and you can see her look at Sellers for approval.
He shakes his head, and than Mary relays the message. That’s how it was for all women during the revolutionary period. All the power was delegated to the male head of the household (if he was present). And also while Sellers was present in the household, there was a lot of emphasis put on Mary Sicilian practicing her religion. This definitely prescribed to female gender roles in this era because after Mary spoke out against Sellers, she immediately went and prayed and asked the Lord for his forgiveness. Specifically, she aid she wanted forgiveness for “creating division in the household” because “pride overcame her. However, once Sellers is gone, we see the transformation of Mary Sicilian. After she gets over the initial grief of not having him there to support the family, she begins to take some action. Her activities during Seller’s absence definitely did not coincide with prescribed gender roles. The first thing I noticed was that Governor Truthful of Connecticut gave Mary an audience. Normally, women would never get a say In politics. I would imagine this Is the reason Mary got going and wanted to get err husband back so quickly.
So when Mary did get the opportunity to speak with Truthful and his league of politicians, she spoke up about the bloodbath that could ensue on the East Coast and got very adamant In her argument. She wanted the executions of Glover and Griswold to be postponed and was heavily opinionated on the matter. Truthful was Impressed to say the least. In the next scene, we saw something that definitely conflicted with prescribed gender roles. She was working In the fields with her slave Peter and newly acquired worker Adam. You would never see woman In the revolutionary war era sweat outside of the house.
So the fact that Mary was outside doing physical labor was something shocking in and of itself. She crop. Mary also hired Adam, which is something you’d normally see Mr… Sicilian doing if he was still in the household. Mary Sicilian also did other things (non-physical) that you would never see women doing in her generation. That was lobbying and being involved in politics. She said that she wrote to every member of the general assembly in attempts to get Sellers back and vote for an exchange with another ranking official.
In the scene after that she was seen telling Amelia off and slapping her in the face after she brought in pirated goods from Captain Holly. That was a bold move by Mary Sicilian. You normally don’t see women taking action or abusing servants/slaves. That was, again, reserved for the male head of household. Mary again lobbied later in the film, but this time in person, when she traveled to Peskiness to ask for a trade for her husband. Although she was still denied, it showed that Mary had a lot of guts.
Also, she told Peter the black slave that he could go fight when the state needed him after Adam traded them. This was significant because earlier Peter asked Mary to go and she said she couldn’t say anything until Sellers got home. Mary Sicilian was breaking many gender barriers while her husband was gone. I don’t think that the gender ideology during the revolutionary war era was flexible enough to accommodate such behavior that transcended what was considered appropriate behavior. This was because Mary went outside of what was really socially acceptable to accomplish her goals.
People like her friend Baby exemplified more of a happily gender role because she cared for her husband, cooked for him, stayed in the house, and even saw him off to battle. Baby was also typical woman’ of this generation when she told her daughter regarding the redcoats, “They won’t hurt a woman, Lucy. ” Finally, at the end of the movie when Mary Sicilian was awaiting the arrival of Sellers, she started assuming more typical female gender roles. As soon as Captain Holly left with his crew to exchange Jones for Sellers, she started milking the cows, spending time in the house sewing, and caring after her newborn baby along tit Amelia.
Although she did do these things upon her husband’s arrival, you could tell she had changed when he came back. She did wait for him to greet her first, so she realized her place, but at the same time, she had a certain swagger about her you could visibly see. She was confident with the woman she’d become over the time when Sellers was gone. However, the roles of Mary Sicilian were not typical of women during the revolutionary war period when he was gone, though at the same time she did perform many activities that were stereotypical of women during this era.