The feminist theme is drawn by the characters, the title, the role women had throughout the play, and the conflict. They all worked together to show how women were oppressed by men and thought to be less important to society. The women discuss seemingly insignificant items such as the sloppy corner of the quilt, the broken bird cage door, and the dead bird. These things gave the women enough information and knowledge about the situation to come up with a motive for Mrs. Wright to kill her husband, while the men consider these things to be trivial and unimportant to the case.
"Trifles" not only tells a story, it shows the demeaning view the men have for the women, the women?s reaction to man?s prejudice, and the women?s defiance of their powerless position. Throughout the play, Glaspell uses dialogue which allows us to see the demeaning view the men have for the women. Mr. Hale declares that "women are used to worrying about trifles" (958) trivializing the many tasks and details that women are responsible for. In his ignorance of how crucial their duties are in allowing a household to function smoothly, he implies their unimportanc...
Secondly, women's feeble minds deter them to make shrewd decisions, as they are immature and weak. Finally, a male-dominated society affects the females’ decision making ability because they are being controlled by the men around them. Therefore, an obvious focus for the audience in Shakespeare’s, Hamlet is the prince’s indecisiveness; however, what is more noteworthy is the overt suggestion in this play that females are incapable of reaching wise decisions. Clearly the patriarchal values displayed by the men in their conversations with women in Hamlet, u... ... middle of paper ... ...eads to tragic events and end her life. In conclusion, Hamlet needs to be looked through a psychological perspective as this depicts many aspects of how women are shown.
And by the men always hassling the women about their trifles, they are actually working against themselves because the women decide not to give them the information needed to solve the case. The first view that Glaspell gives in Trifles is that the men are far superior or higher than the women. The men in Trifles show the expected character as we would hear about in the past before women had the rights they do now. The attorney displays this past male figure the best. He is always looking down on the women.
The men view the women’s ideas and thoughts as silly and irrelevant to their own. Thus it creates a more of an isolation between genders. The women are more empathetic to the lives and troubles of other women, than men. The isolation was evident as one of the men to the women in the play “Ah loyal to your sex, I see.” (1861). Another theme presented in this play is that of Justice.
What if the person displayed personality flaws that would traditionally be associated with a villain, but has heroic intentions? These questions were finally answered with the emergence of the anti-hero in literature. The anti-hero is useless at being a hero when they should be one or have the opportunity to be one. Typically an ordinary, timid, selfish, anti-social, inept, cautious, passive, pessimistic person, they still manage to gain the sympathy of the reader. Usually unglamorous, many wallow in self-pity which only worsens their state of mind.
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Move a little closer together Susan Glaspell’s play, Trifles, was written in 1916, reflects the author’s concern with stereotypical concepts of gender and sex roles of that time period. As the title of the play implies, the concerns of women are often considered to be nothing more than unimportant issues that have little or no value to the true work of society, which is being performed by men. The men who are in charge of investigating the crime are unable to solve the mystery through their supposed superior knowledge. Instead, two women are able decipher evidence that the men overlook because all of the clues are entrenched in household items that are familiar mainly to women during this era. Glaspell expertly uses gender characterization, setting, a great deal of symbolism and both dramatic and verbal irony, to expose social divisions created by strict gender roles, specifically, that women were limited to the household and that their contributions went disregarded and underappreciated.
Hamlet: Through the Lens of Gender Theory "Through the lens of Gender theory, Shakespeare's characterization of men and women in Hamlet demonstrate a patriarchal approach throughout the play. In particular, we may explore the female characters of Gertrude and Ophelia and how they challenge -or fail to challenge- the domination of male characters. Throughout the play, Ophelia is represented as incoherent, silent, and a quintessential mad woman. Whilst Gertrude is represented as solely dependent on men, and her only characteristics are her elegance and charm. The two main female characters are always in the shadows of the male characters, and are the epitome of what a women should be like; obedient and tranquil.