A Deep Connection

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Once, as a young sailor roaming the ominous and historic streets of New London, Connecticut, while mischievously walking the length of New London’s legendary Bank Street, infamous for its boisterous bars. I noticed, a grand theater and street named after Eugene O’Neill. Of course, in my naiveté, I did not know why the city of New London had given such homage this man. Truth be told, I had recently learned about the deep connection between Susan Glaspell and Eugene O ‘Neill. They are the two most influential Playwrights in our American history. “They are the founders of the Provincetown Players, the first modern American theater company. Glaspell and O’Neill became the progenitors of the form, O’Neill writing fourteen plays under the aegis of the group, Glaspell eleven…O’Neill was the undisputed father of American drama, Glaspell the mother.” (Ben-Zvi 1) However, while O’Neill’s work went on to be honored, Glaspell’s feminist writing went out of fashion during the war years. But, Glaspell’s celebrity had risen after her death in 1948, and had been bolstered by the feminist movement of the 60’s & 70’s. Indeed, the bitter irony of her life is that she fought mightily to overcome stereotyping to become a successful writer and in her life did achieve some success. But, never at the level of her male colleague O’Neill. However, Glaspell’s “Trifles”, is an enduring masterpiece. A famous play not just about murder, but a play about female injustice in society. I will extrapolate the diverse meanings and attitudes from the play and gain knowledge of its hidden themes, symbols, and legal precedents set forth by this masterpiece play based on a true story. Susan Glaspell, born in Davenport, Iowa, on July 1, 1876. “Graduated ... ... middle of paper ... ...nd of the nineteenth century saw the emergence of many female writers which dealt with issues similar to those that would concern Glaspell, Trifles is typical of this focus, for the play takes place in a kitchen, the domestic sphere, and revolves around the lives of women. Today, we honor Susan Glaspell’s masterwork, courage, and moral fortitude. Indeed, I see no need of a grand theater or street in named in her honor to be remembered as one of best writers ever and to be sure, there was nothing trifling about her extraordinary career. Works Cited Alison, B., Kelly, J.R., (2010). The Norton Introduction to Literature: Shorter Tenth Edition New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company. Ben-Zvi, L. (2002). Susan Glaspell: Essays on Her Theater and Fiction Ann Arbor, MI: The University of Michigan Press.
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