The Role Of Women In Susan Glaspell's Trifles?

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Susan Glaspell’s classic play, Trifles, recites the story of two simultaneous investigations of the murder of John Wright. The male characters consisting of Henry Peters, Lewis Hale, and George Henderson are conducting an official investigation whereas the women; Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale are coordinating their own, more productive, investigation. Trifles, in an essence, is a murder mystery however, the play demonstrates a private, domestic, and female domain. Women were barely a part of the social role in the twentieth century. During this time they were thought only useful in the reproductive role that confined them to raising children and taking care of them as well as their household and husband. Therefore, Susan Glaspell being a writer during this time mostly produced pieces criticizing society’s…show more content…
They are treated as if they are the men’s property only there to serve them and make them happy. Mr. Hale even goes as far to state, “Well, women are used to worrying about trifles,” (3). He makes this comment after Mrs. Peters expresses the significance of the exploded jars of fruit preserves. With this comment he expresses his belief that women lack common sense and focus to pay attention to important details but that he will forgive them because they are only used to worrying about unimportant things. His words imply that he not only believes that women work in trifles but also are trifles. When reading Trifles one can immediately determine what a woman’s role is during this time, and what they are thought of by men. The women are expected to cook, bake, do housework and take care of her kids and husband, and their identities are determined by their husbands. For example, the term the attorney uses, “a sheriff’s wife is married to the law,” (5). Shows that she is not an independent women but bound to what her husband
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