“A Jury of Her Peers” by Susan Glaspell is mid-twenty century short story concerning themes of patriarchy, gender inequality and crime. The story centers on a murder investigation of a farmer named John, who is the husband of the woman accused of the murder, Mrs. Wright. The problem in the story rises when the county attorney, the sheriff, together with John’s neighbor and their wives visit the scene and the women find two important clues that can supply the motive against Mrs. Wright, and choose to withhold it. Withholding evidence is problematic in many ways: it is illegal, untruthful, and considered a crime. But the illegal acts of the women are the least problematic faults in the story.
Irony of Small Trifles In the drama Trifles, Glaspell shows two main view points. That is how the men have the role of being the head of everything and how the women do not get as fairly treated and are only house maids to the men. She characterizes the men as not giving the women the credit they deserve for their hard labors each and everyday. The sheriff, attorney, and neighboring farmer help prove how in the past men were completely superior to women. By showing these two points it makes us feel more sympathetic for the women because of how they are treated.
The audience learns that Mr. Wright was a cold, uncommunicative, selfish man. The theme of men versus women come into view... ... middle of paper ... ...ver, Mrs. Peters undergoes character development from believing that it should be up to the law to decide what should happen to Mrs. Wright to being convinced that women ought to stand together against the stereotypical views of women that the men have. This change occurs when Mrs. Peters recalls a childhood event that involved her cat and a mean, dreadful little boy. The play's rising action occurs at the point when the men could not connect the why and the how of John Wright's murder. The women, as they meddle with their "trifles", uncovers the knowledge and objects that the masculine detectives were seeking.
But the men ridiculed, underestimated, and wallowed in their own pride. It is obvious how unfairly women were treated, but gradually women have been noticed and recognized for what they do and have to offer. Over time men have recognized women’s potential as they slowly fit into our society. Through the plays of Antigone and A Dolls House these situations of women being more than expected were described in detail. Also described in detail were how men acted in pride and immaturity to shun this behavior.
Susan Glaspell's play Trifles explores male-female relationships through the murder investigation of the character of Mr. Wright. It also talks about the stereotypes that women faced. 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. The attorney, with the intensions of proving that Mrs. Wright choked the husband to death, was interviewing Mr. Hale on what he saw when he came in to the house. The women, on the other hand, were just there to get some clothing for the wife who was in jail for suspected murder of her husband.
He is not happy by any means but lets her tell her story before deciding what to do with the blatant display of clashing with authority. He knows that she is proud, and that she doesn’t care about his authority and that seems to be what matters most. “The woman disobeys the King” is more prominent of an issue to Creon than it is the main offense of burying who was not to be buried. No “woman will get the better” of him, because that would be worse than a man. The idea that a women broke the law and that “women must obey such as men” with no “special treatment” (…..).
By doing so, she believes women provide free care for current and future workers by looking after her husband and children. This helps the capitalist system because if the workers are in good health they can work harder and for longer hours. The second key function housewives provide is by ac... ... middle of paper ... ... to talk about domestic violence against men, and the fact that mothers also abuse their children. This is another big criticism of the nuclear family, although domestic violence against men is hardly ever talked about. This is because men fear they will be laughed at as it is seen in society that they are strong enough to fight back and control a woman.
Hiding the evidence is a clear action that portrayed feminism because they were belittled in several instances by the men and wanted to fight back against that constant neglect. They took actions that advocated and stood up to the gender roles of men being superior and better than them. Another aspect of feminism in the short story “Trifles” is the idea that a woman cannot do a “man’s job” at all or if they attempt it cannot be better than a man. “Trifles” contradicts
Shan Te has hard time saying no to whoever comes to her asking for help, but men like Yang Sun take advantage of her generosity and loving personality to exploit her. Despite all the good deeds shen Te does to Young Sun, He bravely tells Shui Ta that “Shen Te is a woman: she is devoid of common sense. I only need to lay hands on her and church bells ring.”(56). Yang Sun statement shows no respect to woman probable because of the way the society has been stereotyping women to be devoid to common sense. The same statement can mean that in that society, a women can not hold important government position that involves making laws and policies.
Men are able to criticize women in day to day candor, but women must thread their words carefully to avoid bringing attention to themselves. More proof of this is an interesting description of the men in Trifles immediately after this