"Just be YOURSELF... ", we've all heard this saying before, in various situations and circumstances. However, since this is an abstract concept, actually being "one's self" involves a unique journey, an endeavor filled with emotions, self-analysis and the final realization of who one is. Internal and external influences affect how a person views him or herself. Two dramatic characters, a man and a woman, go through mirrored voyages of self-recognition that leads them each to their own identities... and to pay a price to achieve this right.
Susan Glaspell's "invisible" character in Trifles, Mrs. Wright, was a maiden of beauty and of talent. Becoming "Mrs. Wright" altered her life and destiny, unwillingly. That is, marriage to John Wright changed Mrs. Wright from a social butterfly to a prisoner of her own home. Mr. Wright restricted communication between her and her friends and even amongst themselves. He thought that all people "talked too much." The couple did not have any children that Mrs. Wright could care for or converse with.
Slowly, she lost her former self - a vibrant and vocal woman. Her only solace came in the form of a singing bird. Mrs. Wright was able to relate to the bird, for she herself was in a "cage." However, complications emerge when her husband's strangling and killing of the bird shattered her moments of happiness. The only symbol of who she used to be was taken from her... again.
Every person reaches a point where they will react unpredictably when pushed over the edge. Mrs. Wright, at this moment in her life, recognized the need to resolve the crisis erupting within her... stay in her current situation as her husband determined her "to be", or attempt to modify her stat...
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...epherd that "disposed of" the infant Oedipus under instructions from his natural parents were one and the same. His revelations concerning Oedipus' undeniable identity as a babe and as a man at a crossroad was finally thrown upon the sorrowful Oedipus. He is his father's killer and is his mother's husband. Each time Oedipus attempts to gain freedom from his true self, he draws increasing complications onto himself. King Oedipus at last clearly understands the hard truth that the past he had been running away from is the future he now must accept... or dare he deny its existence?
King Oedipus chooses to end his ordeal at the hands of the citizens of Thebes. However, Queen Iocaste could not bear to face this reality and commits suicide. The inescapable price Oedipus had to pay to be himself, according to the gods vision, was his life and his parents as well.
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