The County Attorney, George Henderson remarks to insult Mrs. Wright the accused murderer of her husband Mr. John Wright. Accompanied by Lewis Hale’s line “Well, woman are accustomed to worrying over Trifles.”(Glaspell 925) implying that women are too dumb to understand the severity of the situation and are more interested in house work like preserving jam. When Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters begin interpreting the found objects into clues
The feminist conflict reflects differences over women’s position in society based on the sexist belief that men are superior to women and feminist’s belief that women and men are equal if different in capability and power. The play Trifles written 1916 and the play Proof written 2001 offer an interesting opportunity to compare and contrast how feminism appears in the forms of stereotypes stemming from a patriarchal culture. In the play “Trifles” the women solve a murder mystery as they tend to stereotypically trifling “women’s work” such as mending and cleaning, making preserves and caring for pets. As these women discuss each “trifle” of the accused murderer, Mrs. Wright, they women see through her daily activities that her life consisted of cold male domination and psychological abuse. Therefore, they find the real evidence behind the murder as the men cannot find a single clue as to the motive or proof.
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.
Women must prove that they are as fit to undertake tasks that a man would typically undertake. Women are forced to become manipulative and controlling. This jeopardizes the integrity of marriage and undermines the honesty of women. The mysterious and seductive archetypal trait of the Femme Fatale is illustrated through the character Jean Muir who chooses to fool men into loving her rather than working hard to prove herself to men to get what she wants, such as money a... ... middle of paper ... ...le. This is Alcott’s warning to the world of what happens when women have no power and are not given the opportunity and ability to provide for themselves.
Galinda does not only represent the homema... ... middle of paper ... ...n her a strong-will that makes her intimidating to the men. Creon himself says that the need to control and defeat her is greater because she is a woman. Antigone rebels against gender roles and social structure (Jacobs). Conclusion Women and men fear the thought of an empowered woman and the thought of feminism. Women fear that will be punished by men if they stand against them and fear that being a feminist will make them cruel and lonely.
Ther... ... middle of paper ... ...or failure of women in searching for feminist rights; it shaped two ideas that further explain such failure. First, these problems lead to moral failure in women’s battle for feminist rights. Due to the fact that these are ideas are contradicting the morality of feminist rights; it does not make women and men the same or as equal. Therefore, those who believes and live by such thoughts as the method to gain feminist rights will be considers and morally failures; they were not able to seek for the true feminist rights. Second is the fact that those problems are the only source women have in guiding them to search for feminist rights.
In fact she was discouraged and made to believe such a vocation was beyond her capabilities. Here Woolf turns the issue around showing that women did not consciously choose not to become writers, but were prodded not to write by men. Woolf speculates about the affects of this discouragement saying... ... middle of paper ... ...ganized the traditional way of examining women’s position in society and it’s affect on their art. Her concept of the “masculine complex” approaches gender relations from a totally different angle. It is male superiority not female inferiority, which perpetuates this system.
The strong women characters in Trifles allow for feminist discussion, but also question the classic gender roles present at any point in time. Through the crime committed by Minnie Wright, three women grow together and establish that justice for all is deeper than finding the culprit. Justice occurs in all things, in hiding the clues by Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters, in the quiet dignity they both have by helping their friend, and by proving that women are capable of anything they are determined to
Although all women are being oppressed in the patriarchal society at that time, Glaspell uses this play as a feminist glory in a witty way to win over men. Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters solve the crime by reflecting on Minnie Wright’s unhappy marriage that leads her to murdering. Using the relationship between female and male characters throughout the play, Glaspell speaks up to emphasize how the patriarchal society underestimated women’s rights and restricted women’s desires. Works Cited Glaspell, Susan. “Trifles” Literature of Composition.
These characters really don't speak well for womankind for two reasons. First of all, it's difficult to tell who their real life counterpart is, assuming that this... ... middle of paper ... ...st writers. It's obvious that Atwood intentionally set herself apart from these writers with The Handmaid's Tale. At times, she seems to disagree with them completely, such as when she shows pornography in a favorable manner. At other times, she portrays feminists themselves as the powerful women they would like to be seen as, but it's always with full disclosure of their human frailty.