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The Danger in Susan Glaspell's Trifles - The Danger in Susan Glaspell's Trifles Susan Glaspell's 'Trifles' is a play about a real life murder case that uses symbolism to help bring it to a close. It is easy to see that Mr. and Mrs. Wright live in a society that is cut off from the outside world and also strongly separated by gender. Three of the key symbols in Glaspell's play are a simple bird cage, a quilt, and isolationism. Anna Uong of Virginia Tech and Karen Shelton of JSRCC share these same ideas on symbolism. These three symbols are the main clues that help the reader decide who killed Mr....   [tags: Essays Papers Glaspell Trifles ]
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Symbols in Susan Glaspell's Trifles - Symbols in Susan Glaspell's Trifles In the play titled Trifles, by Susan Glaspell, Minnie Foster Wright is being accused of murdering her husband, John. In this production, Mrs. Wright is consistently referenced, and although she is not witnessed, she is very recognizable. There are important symbols in this play that signifies Mrs. Wright and her existence as it once was and as it currently exists to be. Particularly the canary, this symbolizes Mrs. Wright's long forgotten past. Additionally, the birdcage, this symbolizes her life as it currently exists....   [tags: Symbolism Glaspell Trifles Essays]
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Susan Glaspell's Trifles - Susan Glaspell's Trifles Susan Glaspell's Trifles explores the classical male stereotype of women by declaring that women frequently worry about matters of little, or no importance. This stereotype makes the assumption that only males are concerned with important issues, issues that females would never discuss or confront. The characters spend the entirety of the play searching for clues to solve a murder case. Ironically, the female characters, Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale, uncover crucial evidence and solve the murder case, not the male characters....   [tags: Susan Glaspell Trifles Essays] 1167 words
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Symbolic Illustration of the Power of Relationships in Susan Glaspell's Trifles - Symbolic Illustration of the Power of Relationships in Susan Glaspell's Trifles A friend can be a remarkable thing. Unfortunately, many lack the powerful bonds that all humans need to survive and lead healthy, happy lives. In Susan Glaspell's play Trifles, Mrs. Wright is starved of the human interaction and relationships she so desperately needs. Consequently, she is never rescued from her loneliness, is brought to the point where she cannot handle any more of life's saddening struggles, and kills her husband in his sleep....   [tags: Susan Glaspell Trifles Essays]
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Perceptions of Men and Women Revealed in Susan Glaspell's Trifles - Perceptions of Men and Women Revealed in Susan Glaspell's Trifles Human beings not only live in the physical world but also survive in the emotional world. Frequently, one's emotional world actually controls the actions one commits in the physical world. Perception plays an enormous part in what one feels is important and what one feels is unimportant. Is there a difference between perception of men and women. In Susan Glaspell's story Trifles, she examines the difference of perception between men and women in a unique way by revealing these differences in the solving of a murder case....   [tags: Susan Glaspell Trifles Essays]
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Gender Differences in Susan Glaspell's Trifles - Gender Differences in Trifles     Susan Glaspell's play, "Trifles", attempts to define one of the main behavioral differences between man and woman. For most of the story, the two genders are not only geographically separated, but also separated in thought processes and motive, so that the reader might readily make comparisons between the two genders. Glaspell not only verbally acknowledges this behavioral difference in the play, but also demonstrates it through the characters' actions and the turns of the plot....   [tags: Trifles Susan Glaspell]
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The Importance of Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters in Susan Glaspell's Trifles - The patented murder mystery, in all its addictive predictability, presents the audience with numerous cliches: a stormy night, a shadowy figure, a sinister butler, and a mysterious phone call. Susan Glaspell's Trifles does not fit this mold. Glaspell's mysterious inquiry into the murder of John Wright presents the reader with only one suspect, Mrs. Wright. Even though the court examiner and sheriff cannot find evidence against Mrs. Wright, the reader can plausibly argue the case against the neglected wife....   [tags: Susan Glaspell, Trifles]
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Susan Glaspell's Trifles and A Jury of Her Peers - In the early 1900's Susan Glaspell wrote many works, two stand out, the play "Trifles" and the short story "A Jury of Her Peers". Trifles was written in 1920, while "A Jury of Her Peers" was written the following year. Trifles was written in only ten days. The true greatness of these works were not recognized until the 1970's. In the short story "A Jury of Her Peers" a woman named Minnie Wright is accused of the murder of her husband. Minnie Wright is a farmer's wife and is also isolated from the out side world....   [tags: Susan Glaspell Trifles A Jury of Her Peers Essays]
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Examination of Mrs Wright in Trifles by Susan Glaspell - Examination of Mrs Wright in Trifles by Susan Glaspell The play ?Trifles?, by Susan Glaspell , is an examination of the different levels of early 1900?s mid-western farming society?s attitudes towards women and equality. The obvious theme in this story is men discounting women?s intelligence and their ability to play a man?s role, as detectives, in the story. A less apparent theme is the empathy the women in the plot find for each other. Looking at the play from this perspective we see a distinct set of characters, a plot, and a final act of sacrifice....   [tags: Susan Glaspell Trifles Essays] 1007 words
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Gender Stereotypes in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House and Susan Glaspell's Trifles - Gender Stereotypes in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House and Susan Glaspell's Trifles In the plays A Doll's House, by Henrik Ibsen, and Trifles, by Susan Glaspell, the male characters propagate stereotypes and make assumptions concerning the female characters. These assumptions deal with the way in which the male characters see the female characters, on a purely stereotypical, gender-related level. The stereotypes and assumptions made in A Doll's House are manifest in the way Torvald Helmer treats his wife, Nora, and in the way Nora acts to please her husband....   [tags: Ibsen Glaspell Trifles Doll House Essays Papers]
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Symbolism in Trifles by Susan Glaspell - Symbolism in Trifles by Susan Glaspell In today's society, we generally view upon everyone as equal beings who deserve equal rights. At the turn of the 20th century, this particular view didn?t exist. Men clearly dominated almost every aspect of life and women were often left with little importance. The Wright?s embody this view of roles in Susan Glaspell?s play Trifles. Mrs. Wright was a typical woman who suffered the mental abuse from her husband and was caged from life. In Trifles, a mixture of symbolism of oppression illustrates Mrs....   [tags: Sybolism Trifles Susan Glaspell Essays]
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Trifles by Susan Glaspell - A crime scene calls for careful consideration and attention to every detail. Making false assumptions and underestimating the importance of information can lead to a false verdict or conviction. The outdated stereotype of men's superiority over women, and the consequences of this ideology, is the theme present in the play "Trifles," by Susan Glaspell. The play features five members of the community, simultaneously investigating a crime scene, trying to expose evidence that may answer the question of who killed John Wright....   [tags: Trifles Glaspell Analysis, crime, murder] 1238 words
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The Three Symbols in Trifles by Susan Glaspell - The setting of a story is the physical and social context in which the action of a story occurs.(Meyer 1635) The setting can also set the mood of the story, which will help readers to get a better idea pf what is happening. The major elements of the setting are the time, place, and social environment that frame the characters. (Meyer 1635) "Trifles by Susan Glaspell portrays a gloomy, dark, and lonely setting. Glaspell uses symbolic objects to help the audience get a better understanding for the characters....   [tags: Trifles, Susan Glaspell] 305 words
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Feminimity and Masculinity in Trifles by Susan Glaspell - Feminimity and Masculinity in Trifles by Susan Glaspell Works Cited Not Included Trifles, a one-act play, written by Susan Glaspell, has an interesting plot about an abusive husband?s murder at the hands of his abused wife on a secluded farm in the Midwest (Russell, pg. 1). The opening scene of the play gives us a great deal of information about the people of the play and their opinions. The play portrays the ways in which men treated women during this time period. The men in the reading reflected a male-oriented society, which caused the women feelings of repression and unappreciation....   [tags: Trifles Susan Glaspell Essays] 974 words
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The Treatment of Women in Trifles by Susan Glaspell - The Treatment of Women in Trifles by Susan Glaspell "Trifles," a one-act play written by Susan Glaspell, is a cleverly written story about a murder and more importantly, it effectively describes the treatment of women during the early 1900s. In the opening scene, we learn a great deal of information about the people of the play and of their opinions. We know that there are five main characters, three men and two women. The weather outside is frighteningly cold, and yet the men enter the warm farmhouse first....   [tags: Susan Glaspell Plays Essays Trifles] 844 words
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Comparing the Powerful Women in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House and Susan Glaspell's Trifles - Comparing the Powerful Women in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House and Susan Glaspell's Trifles      Throughout history, a woman's role is to be an obedient and respectful wife. Her main obligation is to support, serve, and live for her husband and children. In Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House and Susan Glaspell's Trifles, two different women make a decision to take matters into their own hands by doing what they want to do, no matter what the outcome may be and in spite of what society thinks. These two women come from different homes and lead very different lives yet, these two women share similar situations--both are victims, both are seeking individuality, and initially, both women end...   [tags: Trifles Glaspell Doll's House Ibsen Essays]
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Gender Roles in Susan Glaspell's A Jury Of Her Peers and Trifles - Gender Roles in Susan Glaspell's A Jury Of Her Peers and Trifles   Twentieth century society places few stereotypical roles on men and women.  The men are not the sole breadwinners, as they once were, and the women are no longer the sole homemakers.  The roles are often reversed, or, in the case of both parents working, the old roles are totally inconsequential.  Many works of literature deal with gendered roles and their effect on society as a whole or on an individual as a person.  "A Jury Of Her Peers" and Trifles, both written by Susan Glaspell, are works of literature that deal with socially gendered roles during the early nineteenth century.  The two works are almost exactly alike...   [tags: Jury Peers Trifles Glaspell Essays Papers]
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Susan Glaspell’s Trifles - The first reading I enjoyed was Susan Glaspell’s “Trifles”. The main character in the plat is a sheriff, his wife, the county attorney, and Mr. and Mrs. Hale. The opening scene is all of them in John Wright’s kitchen. Mr. Hale tells the sheriff and attorney how he a visited the house on the day before day and Mrs. Wright greeted him but her demeanor was little suspicions. She told him that her husband was upstairs dead. She says she was asleep when someone choked her husband to death. All the men suspect she is the murderer....   [tags: Trifles Essays]
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Essay on Sacrifices in Susan Glaspell's Trifles - Sacrifices in Trifles When a woman marries she is expected to give up her family, her last name, and her virginity. In other words she is expected to give up the life she knew. Susan Glaspell’s play Trifles tells the story of a woman that gave up her all to please society and her husband. The story examines a woman who sacrificed her tranquility, her talents, and her individuality. In the end, the woman even gave up her freedom. A person’s home should be more than a place to shelter them from the elements....   [tags: Trifles Essays]
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Susan Glaspell's Trifles - The Sweetness of Revenge - Sweetness of Revenge Susan Glaspell’s play, Trifles, seems to describe the ultimate women’s suffrage story. No longer will men have an upper hand against women after reading this story. Cleverness will be the key to retaining power from the men in this story. The one thing that woman are criticized for, the idea that women tend to look at the ‘little picture’ instead of the ‘whole picture’, will be there path to victory. Two stories of revenge are told in this story, the revenge of suppression and revenge of being portrayed as ‘unsophisticated, unintelligent’ women....   [tags: Trifles Essays] 594 words
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Susan Glaspell's Trifles - Some Observations - Trifles I would like to make three major points. Major #1: Since this is the first play we’ve read, the stage direction really caught my eye and I tended to consider it very seriously in determining the meaning of the work. The most obvious direction, which the essay by Parrish discusses, is that neither Mr. nor Mrs. Wright ever appear in the play, and Glaspell was the first to use this type of direction (which was later recognized as uniquely her own.) Other important examples of the play’s direction (not spoken lines) are: ( ......   [tags: Trifles Essays] 896 words
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Plot Structure in Susan Glaspell's Trifles - Plot Structure in Susan Glaspell's Trifles The play "Trifles" by Susan Glaspell is a whodunit type of murder mystery. But in this case, the "professionals," whose job it is to find out what happened, failed in their task. The County Attorney (Mr. Henderson) and the Sheriff (Mr. Peters) attempt to piece together what had transpired on the day when John Wright was murdered. They interviewed Mrs. Hale, Mrs. Peters, and Mr. Hale who told them that Mrs. Wright, John's wife, had been acting strange when he had found her in the kitchen....   [tags: Trifles Essays] 1219 words
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Blurred Boundaries in Susan Glaspell's Trifles - Blurred Boundaries in Trifles       In her landmark feminist play, "Trifles," Susan Glaspell offers a peek at the complicated political and social systems that both silenced and divided women during their struggle for equality with men. In this simple but highly symbolic tale, a farmer's wife, Minnie Wright, is accused of strangling her husband to death. The county attorney, the sheriff, a local farmer, the sheriff's wife and the farmer's wife visit Minnie's farm house. As the men "look for clues," the women survey Minnie's domestic environment....   [tags: Trifles Essays]
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Deadly Silence in Susan Glaspell's Trifles - The Deadly Silence in Trifles         While reading Susan Glaspell's play Trifles, the use of characters, descriptive language, and symbolism teaches the audience that one person's home and one person's way of living can also be an introduction to one person's private hell.  Throughout the play, discoveries are made to teach the audience that maybe things are not what they seem and that sometimes people must take a deeper look into what is around them.         Mrs. Hale, Mrs. Peters, the county attorney, and the sheriff are the four main characters of the play that introduce the audience to the crime that has just been committed.  The sheriff and Mrs....   [tags: Trifles Essays]
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Understanding the Feminism in Susan Glaspell's Trifles - As I began reading “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell, I felt that it had an element of demoralization towards women. In addition to this demoralization, I felt that the imagery and tone elevated the image of the male characters to be superior to women in intelligence. As I read further I realized that the author was attempting to dispel this belief in male superiority. In fact, I felt that the author was illustrating that women are not inferior to men, but have the ability to be superior. Through my research into the context of “Trifles,” I strengthened my understanding of Glaspell’s goal to teach me the inaccuracy of the sexist belief that women are less valuable than men....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Analytical essay, theatre] 1674 words
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Susan Glaspell's Trifles - ... The title of the play is in itself a symbol of suppressed women. While the men look for evidence in the house, their wives also explore the house where they discover clues that the men have made fun of and have dismissed as “trifles.” Mr. Henderson, the county attorney, upon entering the house is amazed by the deficiency lack of cleanliness in the Wrights’ house, and he thinks this is due to the Mrs. Wright’s lack of poor housewife skills. “Here's a nice mess,” he said resentfully…”Dirty towels....   [tags: symbols, emotional abuse, playwright]
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Stereotypes and Stereotyping in Susan Glaspell's Trifles - Stereotypes and Stereotyping in Susan Glaspell's Trifles      In the play Trifles, by Susan Glaspell, the male characters make several assumptions concerning the female characters. These assumptions deal with the way in which the male characters see the female characters, on a purely stereotypical, gender-related level. The stereotypical assumptions made are those of the women being concerned only with trifling things, loyalty to the feminine gender, and of women being subservient to their spouses....   [tags: Trifles Essays Papers]
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How Feminism Is Portrayed in Susan Glaspell’s Trifles - How Feminism Is Portrayed in Susan Glaspell’s Trifles Susan Glaspell’s play, Trifles, may not be the best story to read and it may be confusing to some people, but it teaches the reader a great deal about how women were treated and how women were viewed during the early 1900’s. When analyzing the play from a feminist standpoint, Mrs. Wright’s motive for killing her husband becomes more clear and understandable to why she did it. Susan Glaspell gives the reader an idea of how men and women were treated during that time....   [tags: play analysis, Trifles, theme, women]
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Susan Glaspell's Trifles - Little Things Mean a Lot - Little Things Mean a Lot in Trifles Susan Glaspell's play, Trifles, explores the fact that women pay attention to the little things that may lead to the solving of a bigger problem. Why are women so into the little things. The attention to detail seems to be the starting point to solving the bigger problem. Think of the little things as pieces of a puzzle. When the small pieces come together you see the bigger picture. In the play Trifles the men seem to think the women only worry about the little things, or trifles....   [tags: Trifles Essays] 1125 words
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Repression of Women Exposed in Susan Glaspell's Trifles - The Repression of Women Exposed in Trifles Susan Glaspell in Trifles explores the repression of women. Since the beginning of time, women have been looked down upon by men. They have been considered “dumb” and even a form of property. Being physically and emotionally abused by men, women in the early 1900’s struggled to break the mold formed by society. Even with the pain of bearing children, raising them, doing household and even farm chores, their efforts have never been truly appreciated....   [tags: Trifles Essays] 954 words
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Stereotypes and Stereotyping in Susan Glaspell's Trifles - Stereotypes in Trifles I like this play quite a lot. It's got murder, mystery and deceit. It's interesting that the play bases a lot on stereotypes. The men are the sheriff, deputy and the attorney sent out to discover the details of the murder of a man found hanged in his bed. They look carefully in the bedroom and outside in the barn for clues and the women are sent in, I think initially, to gather some things for Mrs. Wright. The women are mocked at by the men. Worrying about things like jelly freezing and sewing....   [tags: Trifles Essays] 640 words
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Susan Glaspell's Play, Trifles - ... Mrs. Wright was mad at Mr. Wright so she didn’t clean his side of the table. The ladies find that Mrs. Wright had a quilt. “Mrs. Hale It's log-cabin pattern. Pretty, isn't it. I wonder if she was goin' to quilt it or just knot it?” (line 72) Mrs. Wright could have quilted it or knotted it. She ended up knotting it. Ms. Wright knotting it tells us that she might have been angry, she was releasing her anger on the quilt. Quilting the quilt involves smooth, calm motions. This shows us another example that Mrs....   [tags: story and character analysis]
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Susan Glaspell's Play Trifles - ... Mrs. Hale finds a dead bird with a broken neck inside of Mrs. Wright’s sewing box wrapped in a cloth. Obviously as lonely as Mrs. Wright was the death of her bird would have been catastrophic for her. This is evidence of a motive proving Mrs. Wright killed her husband out of sheer revenge of the death of her bird, it was the last thing he was ever going to take away from her. Along with the broken cage Mrs. Peters states, “Why, look at this door. It’s broke. One hinge is pulled apart” (8). Then Mrs....   [tags: silent liberation from marriage]
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Susan Glaspell's Trifles and A Jury of Her Peers - Susan Glaspell Trifles Susan Glaspell wrote many literary pieces in the early 1900s. Two, in particular, are very similar in theme, which is the play Trifles and the short story “A Jury of Her Peers”. The Trifles was written in 1920 and “A Jury of Her Peers” was written in 1921, a short story, adapted from the play. Susan Glaspell was born in Davenport, IA July 1, 1876 as a middle child and the only daughter. In college, she wrote for her school paper, The Drake, and after Glaspell graduated, she started working for the Des Moines News....   [tags: theme analysis] 1077 words
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William Faulkner's A Rose for Emily and Susan Glaspell's Trifles - ... Just to [spend] the day with him (Shivers.) Like a raw wind that gets to the bone” (Trifles 1417). They did not have any children or pets and that also added to Mrs. Wright loneliness. He was also gone off to work for most of the day, leaving Mrs. Wright at home by herself. Emily's father suppressed all of her inner desires. He kept her down to the point that she was not allowed to grow and change with the things around her. When “garages and cotton gins had encroached and obliterated…only Miss Emily's house was left, lifting its stubborn and coquettish decay above the cotton wagons and the gasoline pumps” (Rose 217)....   [tags: content analysis]
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The Empowerment of Women in Trifles by Glaspell - ... Hale and Mrs. Peters have never met, but they quickly formed a bond and worked well together. Mrs. Hale has known Mrs. Wright since she was a young girl and she is able to tell Mrs. Peters more information about her. Mrs. Peters has never met Mrs. Wright but she feels that she can relate to her because she has lost a child just like Mrs. Wright who lost her canary, which was the closest thing the Wrights had to a child. Once Mr. Wright took that away from her, Mrs. Wright went into a state of depression and was looking to get some form of revenge....   [tags: investigation, discrimination, murder]
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Response to Trifles by Susan Glaspell - Response to Trifles by Susan Glaspell The play “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell is type of murder mystery that takes place in the early 1900’s. The play begins when the sheriff Mr. Peters and county attorney Mr. Henderson come to attempt to piece together what had happen on the day that Mr. Wright was murder. While investigating the seen of the murder, they are accompanied by the Mr. Hale, Mrs. Hale and Mr. Peters. Mr. Hale had told that Mrs. Wright was acting strange when he found her in the kitchen....   [tags: Plays Susan Glaspell Murder Mystery Essays] 651 words
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Emotional Break-down in Susan Glaspell's Trifles - Emotional Break-down in Trifles Trifles is an interesting story about the emotional break-down of a country woman. It is obvious by certain descriptions within the text that she did have an emotional trauma. However, it is never made clear if she killed her husband or did he commit suicide. The emotional trauma can be scene in the beginning of the story by her attitude towards Mr. Hale. Ms. Wright is in a state of shock her constant rocking; pleating of her skirt; her "queer" look and her dead pan response to how Mr....   [tags: Trifles Essays] 565 words
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The Battle of the Sexes in Susan Glaspell's Trifles - The Battle of the Sexes in Susan Glaspell's Trifles 'Well, women are used to worrying over trifles,' (Glaspell 957) remarks crime scene eyewitness Mr. Hale in Susan Glaspell's short play Trifles. As this quotation blatantly demonstrates, literature has had a lengthy history of gender bias, both in terms of adequate representation of women as authors and as formidable, strong characters. In this reference to his and the sheriff's wives, Mr. Hale presents the argumentative conflict that will prove prevalent, if latent, throughout the course of this work....   [tags: Feminism condescending males men]
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Feminist Message in Susan Glaspell's Trifles - The Feminist Message in Susan Glaspell's Trifles Susan Glaspell's Trifles can be regarded as a work of feminist literature. The play depicts the life of a woman who has been suppressed, oppressed, and subjugated by a patronizing, patriarchal husband. Mrs. Wright is eventually driven to kill her "hard" (1178) husband who has stifled every last twitch of her identity. Trifles dramatizes the hypocrisy and ingrained discrimination of male-dominated society while simultaneously speaking to the dangers for women who succumb to such hierarchies....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]
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Analysis of Trifles, by Susan Glaspell - Trifles Susan Glaspell (1876 – 1948) The story of Trifles was written in 1916 which is a period in time when women played a minimal role at solving situations, and was thought of as not having much to say or do of importance. There were important issues that plagued women, such as birth control, socialism and women’s suffrage. Also during that time few women went to college or sought employment outside of the home. Women were thought of only being interested in little things of no importance thus the meaning of Trifles....   [tags: Plot Summary, Murder]
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Comparing the Use of Symbols in Steinbeck's The Chrysanthemums and Glaspell's Trifles - John Steinbeck wrote “The Chrysanthemums” where the protagonist, Elisa maintains her flower garden with a flower called Chrysanthemums. In a daily routine, Elisa’s husband Henry is a typical farmer who was busy with his orchard and steers, while Elisa, a housewife tends to her garden as the chrysanthemums were shown as Elisa’s children. Written by Susan Glaspell, “Trifle” was a play about Mrs. Wright who was put through an investigation where she was the main suspect in the case of her husband‘s death....   [tags: Literary Comparison, Analytical Essay] 542 words
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A Comparison of Mrs. Hale and Mr. Wright in Trifles, by Susan Glaspell - In the play Trifles, written by Susan Glaspell, a small number of people are at the Wright house trying to figure out why and how Mr. Wright was murdered. Mrs. Wright is already the suspect, and all that is needed for the case is evidence for a motive. The jury needs something to show anger or sudden feeling so that they can convict her for murder. The men, Mr. Henderson, Mr. Peters, and Mr. Hale are there to find the evidence. The women, Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale, are there to pick up a select few items for Mrs....   [tags: Susan Glaspell, Hale, Wright]
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Trifles by Susan Glaspell - The definition of “trifles” is something that does not have much value or importance. In the play “Trifles”, Susan Glaspell illustrates the differences between men and women by the details that they notice and the things that each person considers to be important or necessary. In the play, Mrs. Wright is the main suspect for her husband’s murder. Mr. Henderson, Mr. Peters, and Mr. Hale are the three men in the play that are searching the entire house for physical evidence to prove Mrs. Wright as guilty....   [tags: play analysis, differences between men and women]
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Analysis of Trifles by Susan Glaspell - "Trifles" is a play with a unified plot. Although there are verbal flashbacks to the events of the day of the murder of John Wright, the play's entire plot begins and ends in a span of one day. The author also extends the unified plot to create a single setting (the farmhouse kitchen). The plot centers on John Wright's murder. Mrs. Wright is the main suspect; an investigation is taking place as to the motive or reason for the crime. The Sheriff, Mr. Hale and the County Attorney are introduced first to the audience....   [tags: Susan Glaspell] 815 words
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Trifles by Susan Glaspell - ... Holstein argues that the two narratives are built upon "two models of perception and behavior. An exploration of the play reveals a fundamental difference between the women's actions and the men's, a difference grounded in varying understandings of the home space" (Holstein). In the play, the county attorney George Henderson, the sheriff Henry Peters, and a neighbor Lewis Hale return to the scene of the crime, attempting to collect evidence while Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale accompany them to gather belongings for the accused, Mrs....   [tags: social positions, insignificant] 619 words
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Trifles by Susan Glaspell - Susan Glaspell’s most memorable one-act play, Trifles (1916) was based on murder trial case that happened in the 1900’s. Glaspell worked as a reporter, where she appointed a report of a murder case. It was about a farmer, John Hossack who was killed while he was asleep in bed one night. His wife claimed that she was asleep next to him when the attack occurred. No one believed in her statement, she was arrested and was charged on first degree murder. In Trifles, the play takes place at an abandon house at a farm where John Wright and his wife, Minnie Wright lived....   [tags: murder trial, mr. hale, minnie]
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Trifles, a Play by Susan Glaspell - The play Trifles was written by Susan Glaspell in 1916. It reflects the author’s assimilation with culturally tied views of gender and sex roles. As the title of the play, “Trifles”, evokes the concerns of women who are often regarded as trifles—insignificant subjects—that bear little or no significance to the true work of society which is, evidently, fulfilled by men. Glaspell (Susan Glaspell 1902) questions, and thus calls the viewer or reader to also wonder, the comparative value of men’s and women’s work and perspectives by introducing a taut-filled drama that stretches out the development of two different accounts, one female and one male....   [tags: Thw Work of Women]
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Susan Glaspell's Trifles - The Loyalty of Mrs. Hale - The Loyalty of Mrs. Hale in Trifles The major idea I want to write about has to do with the way Mrs. Hale stands behind Mrs. Wright even though it seems like everyone else especially (the men) would rather lock her up and throw away the key. We see this right away when she gets on the County Attorney for putting down Mrs. Wright’s house keeping. I find this to be wonderfully symbolic in that most women of this time usually allowed the men to say whatever they wanted about their sex, never standing up for themselves or each other You notice this to be so because Mrs....   [tags: Trifles Essays] 787 words
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Trifles by Susan Glaspell - ... The behavior of men towards women in a patriarchal society is described by Manju when she describes society in India by stating, “In Indian society stress is given to create female persona for different stages, docile daughters, chase and obedient wives and sacrificing mothers. The only domain ascribed to female is to fit in this good daughter, good wife and good mother criteria. Husband and wife are considered soul mates. But man assumes himself superior to woman, and he never tries to create emotional bonding with his wife, to understand her wishes or act according to her consent” (234)....   [tags: sister love, play analysis]
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Analysis of Susan Glaspell’s “Trifles” - The single act play “Trifles” is loosely based on the murder of a farmer in the state of Iowa in the early nineteenth century, which Glaspell reported on while working as a journalist. The farmer’s wife was accused of the murder, and was initially convicted, but later acquitted. Literary analysts note that Glaspell “approached the case like a detective” (Bryan and Wolf). More than a decade after that incident, when she was a career writer, analysts describe, “in a span of ten days, Glaspell composed a one-act play” being inspired from that real life murder event (Bryan and Wolf)....   [tags: Literature, Gender Studies]
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Lack of Women Rights in Susan Glaspell´s Trifles - ... When ask to join them Mrs.Peters responded “I’m not—cold”(16). Mrs.Peters response shows how back then woman knew whatever they said meant nothing and that woman have no place in men’s business. Later on in the play, Mrs.Peters shows how many believe back then that a woman belongs in the home taking care of the house: “She said she wanted an apron. Funny thing to want, for there isn't much to get you dirty in jail, goodness knows. But I suppose just to make her feel more natural.” (261) This reference of her feeling more “natural” shows what society expected from woman back then....   [tags: conflict, setting, symbolism, dominant] 670 words
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The Changing Roles of Women in Susan Glaspell’s "Trifles" - In Susan Glaspell’s Trifles, the theme of contrasting roles between men and women is magnified by the setting of a lonely, Midwestern farm isolated from the public. This play demonstrates how different the roles between men and women were, and how women were treated. Trifles, also illustrates the changing times in the late 19th century to early 20th century. During this time period, women become more independent and wanted to be equal to men instead of inferior to them. Trifles, takes place in the late 1880s to early 1900s on a Midwestern farm in a small town....   [tags: gender roles, theatre, analysis] 2004 words
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Susan Glaspell´s Trifles: Women Unite - ... Wright goes by her first and last name. The men of the story feel so superior to the women; they begin to degrade Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peter’s curiosity in the “Trifles”. For example, the sheriff says “Can you beat the women. Held for murder and worryin’ about their preserves. (Booth, 750). The other men say continue to say negative things about the women as well. Their statements indicate that the women are frivolous and too small-minded to be concerned about the investigation. Additionally, the men criticize the state of their kitchen....   [tags: murder, investigation, evidence, women] 977 words
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Distinct Understanding on Trifles by Susan Glaspell - Susan Glaspell writes Trifles based on a real life murder and introduces the contemporary feminist concerns of identity and the necessity for female support and understanding. In the story, the county attorney, the sheriff and a neighboring farmer go to the isolated, abandoned farmhouse to investigate John Wright’s murder, while the wives of the sheriff and the farmer go along to get some personal belongings for Minnie, who is now in the jail. John Wright is strangled in his bed and his wife, Minnie is the major suspect as she does not wake up when the crime happens....   [tags: oppression, women, gender, behavior]
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Death of a Bird: Trifles by Susan Glaspell - ... How ­ she ­ did ­ change.” The discovery of how she changed behaviors from one to another is similar to another psychological theory such as Pavlov’s experiment, as the dog salivated because it was looking at food, but he conditioned it to not salivate with changing it to salivate by looking at light. The reason I mention this is due to the factor that she was never really stuck in a cage, picture this instead replace the bird in the cage with her in the cage. The coping mechanism of a bird is to roam free and sing happily but if she was conditioned such as in Pavlov’s theories to be in a cage with no freedom to roam free her unconcious is telling her she is no longer herself and she is...   [tags: critical perspective analysis]
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The Play Trifles by Susan Glaspell - The short one-act play Trifles by Susan Glaspell, was years ahead of its time. Its time was 1916 but the subject matter is timeless. The aspect of this play that most caught my interest was the contrast between the men and women characters. This is a play written in the early 1900s but transcends time periods and cultures. This play has many strengths and few weaknesses, but helps to provide a very accurate portrait of early American women and the issues they dealt with in everyday comings and goings....   [tags: essays research papers] 471 words
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Trifles by Susan Glaspell: Women’s Silent Voices - In today’s society, we generally view upon everyone as equal; however this view did not exist for decades. Throughout history, there were many instances showing that men dominated women and women were often seen as left with less important or treated as an inferior being. Women were often expected to be good mothers to their children as well as caretakers to their husband. After reading the play “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell, I was able to grasp the important facts about social views of women and their domestic roles....   [tags: equality, history, women's role, independent]
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The Vulnerability of Women's Identity in Trifles by Susan Glaspell - The Vulnerability of Women's identity In the late 18th century to the early 19th century, women in the the society have been looked down upon by men. Susan Glaspell’s play, “Trifles”, was written in 1916, which reflects on the preoccupation of women’s role in the society. “Trifles” suggests, the concern of women are often considered as an unimportant issue, or even no importance to the true work of society, which is being carried out by men. Trifles is about a murder case where the wife, Minnie Wright, was accused for the murder of her husband John Wright....   [tags: society, women, role, inferiority] 847 words
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Trifles by Susan Glaspell - According to the Merriam -Webster Online Dictionary an assumption is a belief that something is true or a fact or statement that is taken for granted. Susan Glaspell wrote "Trifles" to demonstrate the male assumption that women are insignificant members in a male dominated society. Because the men underestimate them, the women are able to prove they are not insignificant. The improper assumptions by men toward women can have dire consequences, as demonstrated in Glaspell's world. Combating these narcissistic assumptions displayed by men can result in a unity among women that can overcome any male caused disrespect and oppression....   [tags: misogyny, feminism, sexism, equal rights] 1228 words
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Trifles by Susan Glaspell - Trifles by Susan Glaspell In the short play "Trifles,” by Susan Glaspell, various questions and issues originate concerning with the bond between women, the difference between male and female, and what life was like in the early nineteen century for women. In addition, the importance and development of symbols are crucial. Throughout the play, Glaspell uses symbols to further and support Minnie’s isolation and lack of happiness in her life. Although the answers may be evident there is room for guesswork and doubt....   [tags: Papers] 581 words
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Trifles by Susan Glaspell - Trifles by Susan Glaspell Susan Glaspell's Trifles explores male-female relationships through the murder investigation of the character of Mr. Wright. The play takes place in Wright's country farmhouse as the men of the play, the county attorney, the sheriff, and Mr. Hale, search for evidence as to the identity and, most importantly, the motive of the murderer. However, the men never find the clues that would lead them to solving this murder case. Instead, it is their female counterparts who discover the evidence needed, and who are able to do so because of their gender....   [tags: Papers] 632 words
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Trifles by Susan Glaspell - Trifles by Susan Glaspell Susan Glaspells's Trifles is a little gem of a play. In one short act, the playwright presents the audience with a complex human drama leaving us with a haunting question. Did an abused Nebraska farm wife murder her husband. Through the clever use of clues and the incriminating dialogue of the two main characters, this murder mystery unfolds into a psychological masterpiece of enormous proportions. Written in 1916, the play deals with the theme of the roles of women in society....   [tags: Papers] 605 words
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Comparing Relationships in Susan Glaspell's Trifles and Cherrie Moraga's Giving Up the Ghost - Female Relationships in Susan Glaspell's Trifles and Cherrie Moraga's Giving Up the Ghost The plays Trifles, by Susan Glaspell, and Giving Up the Ghost, by Cherrie Moraga, focus on women's interaction in various contexts. Despite the seventy-eight years between their performance dates and the drastic difference in settings and narrative content, the main female characters are comparable, as Mrs. Hale, in Trifles, points out, "We all go through the same things -- it's just a different kind of the same thing" (Norton Anthology of Literature by Women, 1359)....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]
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Comparing Men's Assumptions in Susan Glaspell's Trifles and Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House - Men's Assumptions in Trifles and A Doll House There are many similarities in the relationships between men and women in Susan Glaspell's Trifles and Henrik Ibsen's A Doll House. The conflict in each play is the result of incorrect assumptions made by the males of a male-dominated society. The men believe that women focus on trivial matters and are incapable of intelligent thinking, while the women quietly prove the men's assumptions wrong. In the plays Trifles and A Doll House men believe women only focus on trivial matters....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Trifles by Susan Keating Glaspell - Trifles by Susan Keating Glaspell Mention the word feminist and most people think of the modern women's movement. Long before the bra burning of the 60’s, however, writers were writing about the lives and concerns of women living in a male dominated society. Susan Glaspell's play, Trifles, was written in 1916, long before the modern women's movement began. Her story reveals, through Glaspell's use of formal literary proprieties, the role that women are expected to play in society, and the harm that it brings not only the women, but the men as well....   [tags: essays research papers] 1256 words
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Susan Glaspell's Use of an Unseen Central Character in Trifles - ... “Her life has been made miserable by an individual who has complete control of her” (Alkalay-Gut 3). What if Wright was, in private, a loving husband. Sometimes the faces and attitudes people show in public are very different then the ones they show in private. No true evidence is ever shown that Wright was anything less than a loving husband, other than the opinions of Mrs. Hale, who admits to not having spent time with Minnie or Wright for several years (Glaspell 1384). The audience and the characters assume that Minnie’s motivation for killing John Wright was that John had killed the bird....   [tags: story and character analysis and development]
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The Deception of Trifles: Gender Roles in the Play by Glaspell - In the 19th Century, women had different roles and treated differently compared to today’s women in American society. In the past, men expected women to carry out the duties of a homemaker, which consisted of cleaning and cooking. In earlier years, men did not allow women to have opinions or carry on a job outside of the household. As today’s societies, women leave the house to carry on jobs that allow them to speak their minds and carry on roles that men carried out in earlier years. In the 19th Century, men stereotyped women to be insignificant, not think with their minds about issues outside of the kitchen or home....   [tags: Literature, Gender Studies]
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Expression of Common Viewpoints of the Early 1900's in "Trifles", by Susan Glaspell - ... After the attorney makes a joke, "Held for murder and worryin' about her preserves.", he tries to clean his hands but can’t find a clean towel. He comments on Mrs. Wright to the ladies, "Not much of a housekeeper, would you say, ladies?" Here Mrs. Hale begins her defense and also starts to identify with Mrs. Wright, "Those towels get dirty awful quick. Men's hands aren't always as clean as they might be." A couple lines later she comments on Mr. Wright and what Mrs. Wright's relationship and life must have been like, "But I don't think a place'd be any cheerfuller for John Wright's being in it." as the women go through the kitchen, gathering clothes and an apron up for Mrs....   [tags: women, opression, equality] 754 words
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A Prequel to Susan Glaspell's Short Story, Trifles - A Prequel to Susan Glaspell's Short Story, "Trifles" Minnie Foster was once described as the belle of the ball. To look at her tonight for the first time you could see why. She carried herself with both an air of confidence and modesty at the same time. Her small eyes dominated her face. They did not look directly at you anymore though. Still, they seemed all knowing and experienced as if they were able to see and know secrets about you that you wish no one knew. Her slender peaked nose was no match for the full lips she had, lips that never uttered a sound and which have become as pale as her knuckles....   [tags: Short Story Creative Writing Essays] 1004 words
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Susan Glaspell’s One-Act Play, Trifles: Men Vs Women - ... Wright’s murder through Hale’s retelling. We also learn that Mrs. Wright claimed she was asleep and that someone entered the house, killed her husband, and then left. The men quickly nod at one another, it is obvious to them that Mrs. Wright killed her husband, and either went into a psychotic daze or simply used the notion of being asleep as an excuse. The men look around, find that Mrs. Wright was a “not much of a housekeeper” (Glaspell 918), and that is further proof to them that she is guilty....   [tags: kill, farmhouse, guilty]
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Apparent Feminisms In The Play Trifles by Susan Glaspell - Apparent Feminisms In The Play Trifles by Susan Glaspell Male domination in 1916, when Susan Glaspell’s play Trifles was written, was the way of life. Men controlled most women and women were not very outspoken during that time period. Mr. Wright in her play was no different from the rest, but she made him a symbol of all the men in the community. The play opens at the scene of the crime. The first three characters who enter the room are the three men involved in the investigation of the murder at hand....   [tags: Papers] 387 words
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Trifling with Women - ... Throughout out the play, the audience can see how women are unconsciously conditioned to live, and trapped in the housewife’s role. A good of example of the conditioning in action can be observed when Mrs. Peters says about Mrs. Wright: “She said she wanted an apron. Funny thing to want, for there isn’t much to get you dirty in jail”. (567) Men in this play are portrayed as rigid thinkers and rational whereas women’s are portrayed as being more emotional and flexible. The characters are conscious and accepted these and some other stereotypical constructions....   [tags: Trifles by Susan Glaspell] 596 words
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Woman in Time - The average woman’s role in society today, starkly contrasts that of the female social norm expressed in eras predating the current; however, similarities do exist. Women once existed in the background, limited to lives of household responsibilities, compelled by overwhelming societal expectations to obey their male counterpart, and preform a set of domestic duties specific to their gender. Today this is not the case, however certain gender related expectations remain intact, and for this reason gender roles are still a prominent aspect of everyday social dynamics....   [tags: Women's Role, Trifles, Susan Glaspell]
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Trifles and A Dollhouse - The plays, Trifles and A Dollhouse use the literary tool of symbolism to portray the way women were treated throughout the nineteenth century. Susan Glaspell uses the bird cage and the dead bird to signify the role and life of women in marriage and society, whereas Henrik Ibsen uses the dollhouse. These symbols allow the reader to recognize the plays main similarities in the treatment of women, such as men dismissing women as trivial and treating them like property; however, the plays portray the women’s lifestyles as different which seal their fates....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Susan Glaspell] 855 words
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Analysis of the Play Trifles - In Susan Glaspell’s play Trifles Mr. Wright’s murder is never solved because the two women in the story unite against of the arrogance of men to hide evidence that would prove Mrs. Wright as the murderer. The play Trifles is about the death of farmer Mr. Wright and how the town sheriff and attorney try to find evidence that his wife Mrs. Wright killed him. As the play progresses the men’s wives who had come along were discovering important pieces of evidence that prove the men’s theory but chose to hide from them to illustrate the point that their ideas should have been valued and not something to be trifled....   [tags: Susan Glaspell]
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Trifles and the Lost Generation - The very origin of the term the “Lost Generation”, is lost. The true story floats somewhere in the memories of Earnest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, and a French car garage owner, but there are two different versions of the story, both experienced by Stein and retold by Hemingway (Mellow 273). The phrase, the Lost Generation, is a unifying term that captures the simple themes of isolation and hopelessness, similar to the emotions society experienced in between the two world wars. However, only a limited number of works identify under this label....   [tags: Susan Glaspell]
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Trifles and Symbolism Solve the Mystery - Trifles and symbolism solve the mystery Many define drama to be a literary work that is to be performed in front of an audience. But to truly define drama one must comply with its themes in order to understand it fully. Drama is a form of art that is visually presented. It displays key characteristics of human emotions to give deeper meaning to what is being presented. Sometimes drama brings out what a person is truly feeling through a tragedy play or a play portraying good fortune. Drama plays are sometimes taken out of real life instances to extend the controversy of the event or elevate the excitement of the situation....   [tags: Susan Glaspell, play analysis]
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