In conclusion, “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell was more about the women in the story than anything else. The women finally get an understanding why Mrs. Wright kills her husband. Therefore, they decide to side with her during the investigation. Their actions exhibit how they will not allow the degrading of women and defend Mrs. Wright during her time of trouble, simply because she is a woman.
From the play “Trifles” written by Susan Glaspell I’ll be explaining the role of the women characters and how they were portrayed in the story. The play describes setting with homicide, mystery and dishonesty among its characters. It's a play that bases on stereotypes in relationships and attitudes between men and woman at this time in our history. The male characters play the powerful leader being for example, the sheriff, deputy and the attorney where the female characters Mrs. Peter and Mrs. Hale in a kind of seen but not heard role. Who were sent out to learn more about the details of the murder of Mr. Wright, who was found hanged in his bed.
These two women will solve the murder and protect Mrs. Wright of any wrongdoing. The women will justify to themselves, that the murder was justifiable. The three men seek out to find motive, but they never do and the case will go unsolved. Glaspell uses symbolism as her a literary device to illuminate her theme. The symbols include: a jar of cherries, a bird, a quilt, kitchen, an even the type of knot that was used for her quilt.
In the play the women are more worry about the small details whereas the men thought it was useless. Sheriff; “They wonder if she was going to quilt it or just knot
Furthermore, Macbeth himself, although clearly playing a pivotal role in the fatal act, is not entirely convinced that he should murder in order to become king and is therefore not nearly as responsible as his wife. Lady Macbeth however, manipulates her husband and convinces him to go through with the murder, even though he would have sooner not killed the king without her intervention. Lady Macbeth believes wholeheartedly that the King must die, from as soon as she is aware of the witches’ prophecy. After reading Macbeth’s letter to her, Lady Macbeth is certain that her husband “shalt be what [he] art promised”. However she also believes that her husband is “too full of the milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way”.
In this play the irony of the title comes from the fact that the men find the women’s opinions on the case trifling even though the women solve the crime which ends up being the downfall of the men as they would have been able to prosecute Mrs. Wright if they had listened which made the women’s opinions not trifling. Glaspell was born in an age where women were still considered the property of men and they had no real value in society in the eyes of men except for procreation and motherhood. This attitude towards women was what inspired Glaspell to write the play Trifles and to illustrate the point that women’s attitudes should be just as valued as men’s and to let women have a sense of fulfillment in life and break the shackles that were holding them only as obedient housewives. Trifles was also inspired by a real murder trial that Glaspell had been covering when she was a reporter in the year 1900. Glaspell is a major symbol of the feminist movement of l... ... middle of paper ... ...g to conceive to her audience by proving all opinions matter no matter whose it is.
Marriage, it can be a blessing or a curse. In Susan Glaspell's Play Trifles, Mr.Wright is found dead in his house and his wife is going to jail for murder, but two women in the play find out what has really happened secretly while their husbands have no idea what had actually happened. Most readers would agree that Mrs. Wright murdered her husband just because he murdered her bird. Although she really murdered him because he neglected to pay attention to her which led her to feel isolated, emotional abuse which has led her to feel depressed, and finally he killed her only last chance at hope, the bird. This is important because it shows how Mr. Wright treated his wife which he is supposed to love, very terribly which led her to kill him.
As the two women are still searching for items to collect, they notice a quilt. They proceed to move the quilt where they discover a bird cage, but there is no bird to be found. After looking around, they eventually come across a sewing basket, where the dead bird is discovered. Ironically the same way John Wright was murdered. Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale could not decide if they should turn in the evidence to their husbands or hide it.
(13)Nancy doesn't want Thomas to be killed but she knows that it is the only way. "Then to save ourselves, when he returns, We must murder Thomas Kinnear." (13) Thomas Kinnear and Nancy Montgomery had an affair. Grace was very jealous of Nancy. She didn't want them to be together which is why she and James McDermott planned to kill her.
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.