Trifles by Susan Glaspell

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Sister Love The play entitled “Trifles,” by Susan Glaspell, begins as a murder mystery that turns into a drama as the story unfolds. The story is focused on the investigation of a murder that took place in a farm house. The investigators, who are all men, are in the farm house looking for forensic evidence to help them solve the murder. The wives of two of the investigators are there to retrieve personal items for the wife of the victim. Mrs. Wright, who is the wife of the victim, is in jail as the primary suspect of her husband’s murder. When the story begins, all the characters are in the kitchen engaging in small talk. One of the investigators is criticizing the state of the kitchen by complaining that it is dirty and unorganized. The women, who are also house wives, empathize with Mrs. Wright and defend her kitchen by reminding the investigator that house work on a farm is not easy. Throughout the story, the men consistently make stereotypical statements against the women and Mrs. Wright. This paper will analyze male dominance and the effect it had on the female characters. More specifically it will examine how the female characters were forced to develop an intimate bond and how they formed an unspoken form of communication to combat the patriarchy displayed by the male characters. When the play opens all the characters are in the kitchen of the farm house. The men are discussing a strategy on how to go about gathering evidence, while the women are silently standing together near the door. As the men are speaking, the attorney (one of the investigators) opens a cupboard door and one of the women notices that Mrs. Wright’s fruit has frozen due to the cold. The men immediately ridicule the women for worrying ab... ... middle of paper ... ...tual and silent understanding. Works Cited Franzwa, Gregg and Lockhart, Charles. “The Social Origins and Maintenance of Gender: Communication Styles, Personality Types and Grid-Group Theory.” Sociological Perspectives 41.1 (1998): 185-208. JSTOR. Web. 21 April 2014. Hunt, Lester H. “Sentiment and Sympathy.” The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 62.4 (2004): 339-354. JSTOR. Web. 25 April 2014. Manju. "From suppression to self-realisation: a study of Shashi Deshpande's That Long Silence." Language In India Mar. 2014: 233+. Academic OneFile. Web. 26 Apr. 2014. Nadesan, Majia Holmer. "Gender and Temporality in Interpersonal Systems." Symbolic Interaction 20.1 (1997): 21-43. JSTOR. Web. 29 Apr. 2014. Pollock, Linda A. “Childbearing and female bonding in early modern England.” Social History 22.3 (1997): 286-306. JSTOR. Web. 21 April 2014.
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