Feminism In Susan Glaspell's Trifles

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When looked up in a dictionary, the definition of Feminism is defined as “the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.” Feminism has been around for centuries, mainly because women were and are still being forced into a position that even though isn’t necessary for them, but is a social norm in society. If women don’t fit into a specific role of a wife, or a motherly type role, society looks down upon that. The feminist theory is mainly based on how women are treated in society and the fact that society is what controls a woman’s role and not a woman herself, which is a reason why this theory was brought into action.
Susan Glaspell lived in the era where the act of feminism started to increase, which was during a time when women’s right were not as recognized in the general public. She is well known for writing pieces that revolve around the issue of feminism because the tyranny of women during this time had come to a point where women were not truly accepted as their own person. Their only tenacity was to care for their families by doing what they’re expected to do such as caring for the house and children. Glaspell even establishes in her story that the women weren’t mentioned as an individual but as someone’s wife, such as property. In her play titled Trifles, she shows that women are keener than the men in their lives give them praise for. Glaspell uses her play to make a very radical statement that women are more intelligent than alleged and are more than just a housewife that is uneducated and clueless.
“Trifles” begins with an investigation into the murder of John Wright, which takes place at his farm house. His wife, Mrs. Wright, is found at the crime scene and is put...

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...f qualified gentlemen. Another theme of the play is whether a person should prefer their humane instinct or the law, which is mostly represented towards Mrs. Peters, who is “married to the law‟ yet has empathy for Mrs. Wright. The law that the attorney says Mrs. Peters is married to, is a patriarchal law that dominates women and makes them matters of the system. These women’s dedication truly lies with each other and their struggle to survive a domineering civilization. If during a marriage a woman is secluded and subjugated, her only sense of self lies within the common struggle. At the end, she signifies that her responsibility towards her fellow woman is more significant than the law and stays faithful to her sex. In fact, they might have a concealed longing to do the same thing with their husbands as a rebellious to the continuous domination from the men.
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