A Doll House And Trifles Analysis

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The plays, A Doll House and Trifles, brilliantly depict the male dominated relationships that were prominent in each playwright’s society. The play, A Doll House, by Henrik Ibsen, shows how women are seen as nothing more than a pretty face. On the other hand, Trifles, by Susan Glaspell, presents the idea that women are loyal to their husbands so they will do as their husbands wish. The concept of women being viewed as harmless creatures by men because they see them as unintelligent is prominent in both works and serves as the focus of each playwright’s critique of the attitudes toward marriage in their own respective societies. A Doll House shows the protagonist, Nora, being treated by the men in her life as nothing more than a “doll” to dress…show more content…
The play depicts a group of individuals at a house that a murder has recently occurred in. The women of the group are gathering things for the victim’s wife, Mrs. Wright, who is currently imprisoned as the primary suspect behind her husband’s murder, while the men attempt to gather evidence to make the case against Mrs. Wright more concrete. Throughout the play it is expressed how the women cook, clean, and raise children just as their husbands want. It is believed that because they are married that they will do as their husbands wish and choose to not do things that their husbands will not approve of, unlike A Doll House, where bribery is the cause for this behavior. The ties Mrs. Peters of the group has to her husband, the Sheriff, is thought to be reason enough for her to not do anything wrong. It is said that “Mrs. Peters doesn’t need supervising. For that matter, a sheriff’s wife is married to the law” (Glaspell 1394), which means that the men of the group think that just because her husband follows the law, that she must also follow the law. When Mrs. Peters helps to conceal evidence to protect Mrs. Wright, it goes to prove the men wrong. Glaspell does this to show that women are not as controlled by what their husbands want as people in her society seem to…show more content…
Both plays show how women are viewed as unintelligent by society and unable to make their own decisions free of their husbands influence. A Doll House shows how society believes a woman is made to think and act a certain way through bribery from her husband, while Trifles shows society’s view of women doing what their husband wants because of their marriage. Both playwrights use irony to critique these attitudes of their society and show how absurd they really
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