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The Danger in Susan Glaspell's Trifles

- The Danger in Susan Glaspell's Trifles Susan Glaspell's 'Trifles' is a play about a real life murder case that uses symbolism to help bring it to a close. It is easy to see that Mr. and Mrs. Wright live in a society that is cut off from the outside world and also strongly separated by gender. Three of the key symbols in Glaspell's play are a simple bird cage, a quilt, and isolationism. Anna Uong of Virginia Tech and Karen Shelton of JSRCC share these same ideas on symbolism. These three symbols are the main clues that help the reader decide who killed Mr....   [tags: Essays Papers Glaspell Trifles ]

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Symbols in Susan Glaspell's Trifles

- Symbols in Susan Glaspell's Trifles In the play titled Trifles, by Susan Glaspell, Minnie Foster Wright is being accused of murdering her husband, John. In this production, Mrs. Wright is consistently referenced, and although she is not witnessed, she is very recognizable. There are important symbols in this play that signifies Mrs. Wright and her existence as it once was and as it currently exists to be. Particularly the canary, this symbolizes Mrs. Wright's long forgotten past. Additionally, the birdcage, this symbolizes her life as it currently exists....   [tags: Symbolism Glaspell Trifles Essays]

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Trifles, By Susan Glaspell

- Trifles One woman’s Trifles is another man’s clues. The play Trifles, was written by Susan Glaspell based on the murder of John Hossack, which Susan reported on while working as a news journalist for Des Moines Daily News. Susan Glaspell was an American Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, actress, novelist, journalist, and founder of the Provincetown Players. She has written nine novels, fifteen plays, over fifty short stories, and one biography. At 21 she enrolled at Drake University even after the prevailing belief that college make women unfit for marriage....   [tags: Susan Glaspell, Gender, Trifles]

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Susan Glaspell's Trifles

- Susan Glaspell's Trifles Susan Glaspell's Trifles explores the classical male stereotype of women by declaring that women frequently worry about matters of little, or no importance. This stereotype makes the assumption that only males are concerned with important issues, issues that females would never discuss or confront. The characters spend the entirety of the play searching for clues to solve a murder case. Ironically, the female characters, Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale, uncover crucial evidence and solve the murder case, not the male characters....   [tags: Susan Glaspell Trifles Essays]

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Symbolic Illustration of the Power of Relationships in Susan Glaspell's Trifles

- Symbolic Illustration of the Power of Relationships in Susan Glaspell's Trifles A friend can be a remarkable thing. Unfortunately, many lack the powerful bonds that all humans need to survive and lead healthy, happy lives. In Susan Glaspell's play Trifles, Mrs. Wright is starved of the human interaction and relationships she so desperately needs. Consequently, she is never rescued from her loneliness, is brought to the point where she cannot handle any more of life's saddening struggles, and kills her husband in his sleep....   [tags: Susan Glaspell Trifles Essays]

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Perceptions of Men and Women Revealed in Susan Glaspell's Trifles

- Perceptions of Men and Women Revealed in Susan Glaspell's Trifles Human beings not only live in the physical world but also survive in the emotional world. Frequently, one's emotional world actually controls the actions one commits in the physical world. Perception plays an enormous part in what one feels is important and what one feels is unimportant. Is there a difference between perception of men and women. In Susan Glaspell's story Trifles, she examines the difference of perception between men and women in a unique way by revealing these differences in the solving of a murder case....   [tags: Susan Glaspell Trifles Essays]

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An Analysis Of Susan Glaspell 's ' Trifles '

- In the play Trifles, Susan Glaspell brings together three women through a crime investigation in the late nineteenth century. Glaspell uses symbolism, contrast of sexes, and well-constructed characters to show that justice for all equally important to finding the truth. Perhaps the most prevalent literary device in Trifles is the rich symbolism. Each of the women in the play are equally important, but come together to become more powerful. Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters directly bond, while Mrs. Wright indirectly contributes from jail by leaving them small clues....   [tags: Gender role, Gender, Trifles, Susan Glaspell]

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Gender Differences in Susan Glaspell's Trifles

- Gender Differences in Trifles     Susan Glaspell's play, "Trifles", attempts to define one of the main behavioral differences between man and woman. For most of the story, the two genders are not only geographically separated, but also separated in thought processes and motive, so that the reader might readily make comparisons between the two genders. Glaspell not only verbally acknowledges this behavioral difference in the play, but also demonstrates it through the characters' actions and the turns of the plot....   [tags: Trifles Susan Glaspell]

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The Importance of Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters in Susan Glaspell's Trifles

- The patented murder mystery, in all its addictive predictability, presents the audience with numerous cliches: a stormy night, a shadowy figure, a sinister butler, and a mysterious phone call. Susan Glaspell's Trifles does not fit this mold. Glaspell's mysterious inquiry into the murder of John Wright presents the reader with only one suspect, Mrs. Wright. Even though the court examiner and sheriff cannot find evidence against Mrs. Wright, the reader can plausibly argue the case against the neglected wife....   [tags: Susan Glaspell, Trifles]

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Susan Glaspell's Trifles and A Jury of Her Peers

- In the early 1900's Susan Glaspell wrote many works, two stand out, the play "Trifles" and the short story "A Jury of Her Peers". Trifles was written in 1920, while "A Jury of Her Peers" was written the following year. Trifles was written in only ten days. The true greatness of these works were not recognized until the 1970's. In the short story "A Jury of Her Peers" a woman named Minnie Wright is accused of the murder of her husband. Minnie Wright is a farmer's wife and is also isolated from the out side world....   [tags: Susan Glaspell Trifles A Jury of Her Peers Essays]

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Examination of Mrs Wright in Trifles by Susan Glaspell

- Examination of Mrs Wright in Trifles by Susan Glaspell The play ?Trifles?, by Susan Glaspell , is an examination of the different levels of early 1900?s mid-western farming society?s attitudes towards women and equality. The obvious theme in this story is men discounting women?s intelligence and their ability to play a man?s role, as detectives, in the story. A less apparent theme is the empathy the women in the plot find for each other. Looking at the play from this perspective we see a distinct set of characters, a plot, and a final act of sacrifice....   [tags: Susan Glaspell Trifles Essays]

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Gender Stereotypes in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House and Susan Glaspell's Trifles

- Gender Stereotypes in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House and Susan Glaspell's Trifles In the plays A Doll's House, by Henrik Ibsen, and Trifles, by Susan Glaspell, the male characters propagate stereotypes and make assumptions concerning the female characters. These assumptions deal with the way in which the male characters see the female characters, on a purely stereotypical, gender-related level. The stereotypes and assumptions made in A Doll's House are manifest in the way Torvald Helmer treats his wife, Nora, and in the way Nora acts to please her husband....   [tags: Ibsen Glaspell Trifles Doll House Essays Papers]

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Symbolism in Trifles by Susan Glaspell

- Symbolism in Trifles by Susan Glaspell In today's society, we generally view upon everyone as equal beings who deserve equal rights. At the turn of the 20th century, this particular view didn?t exist. Men clearly dominated almost every aspect of life and women were often left with little importance. The Wright?s embody this view of roles in Susan Glaspell?s play Trifles. Mrs. Wright was a typical woman who suffered the mental abuse from her husband and was caged from life. In Trifles, a mixture of symbolism of oppression illustrates Mrs....   [tags: Sybolism Trifles Susan Glaspell Essays]

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Trifles by Susan Glaspell

- A crime scene calls for careful consideration and attention to every detail. Making false assumptions and underestimating the importance of information can lead to a false verdict or conviction. The outdated stereotype of men's superiority over women, and the consequences of this ideology, is the theme present in the play "Trifles," by Susan Glaspell. The play features five members of the community, simultaneously investigating a crime scene, trying to expose evidence that may answer the question of who killed John Wright....   [tags: Trifles Glaspell Analysis, crime, murder]

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The Three Symbols in Trifles by Susan Glaspell

- The setting of a story is the physical and social context in which the action of a story occurs.(Meyer 1635) The setting can also set the mood of the story, which will help readers to get a better idea pf what is happening. The major elements of the setting are the time, place, and social environment that frame the characters. (Meyer 1635) "Trifles by Susan Glaspell portrays a gloomy, dark, and lonely setting. Glaspell uses symbolic objects to help the audience get a better understanding for the characters....   [tags: Trifles, Susan Glaspell]

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Feminimity and Masculinity in Trifles by Susan Glaspell

- Feminimity and Masculinity in Trifles by Susan Glaspell Works Cited Not Included Trifles, a one-act play, written by Susan Glaspell, has an interesting plot about an abusive husband?s murder at the hands of his abused wife on a secluded farm in the Midwest (Russell, pg. 1). The opening scene of the play gives us a great deal of information about the people of the play and their opinions. The play portrays the ways in which men treated women during this time period. The men in the reading reflected a male-oriented society, which caused the women feelings of repression and unappreciation....   [tags: Trifles Susan Glaspell Essays]

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The Treatment of Women in Trifles by Susan Glaspell

- The Treatment of Women in Trifles by Susan Glaspell "Trifles," a one-act play written by Susan Glaspell, is a cleverly written story about a murder and more importantly, it effectively describes the treatment of women during the early 1900s. In the opening scene, we learn a great deal of information about the people of the play and of their opinions. We know that there are five main characters, three men and two women. The weather outside is frighteningly cold, and yet the men enter the warm farmhouse first....   [tags: Susan Glaspell Plays Essays Trifles]

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Comparing the Powerful Women in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House and Susan Glaspell's Trifles

- Comparing the Powerful Women in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House and Susan Glaspell's Trifles      Throughout history, a woman's role is to be an obedient and respectful wife. Her main obligation is to support, serve, and live for her husband and children. In Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House and Susan Glaspell's Trifles, two different women make a decision to take matters into their own hands by doing what they want to do, no matter what the outcome may be and in spite of what society thinks. These two women come from different homes and lead very different lives yet, these two women share similar situations--both are victims, both are seeking individuality, and initially, both women end...   [tags: Trifles Glaspell Doll's House Ibsen Essays]

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Susan Glaspell 's ' Trifles '

- A Documented play of Susan Glaspell’s “Trifles” Gender conflict in Susan Glaspell’s play trifles present the leading dilemma for the insurance of female alliances against male dominance. Which sets off rigid attitudes within the scene of the crime, leading to the corruption of Evidence, and the flawed investigation to solving Mrs. Wright crimes. Henry Peters and Lewis Hale believe that their wives are not fit for obtaining any structural qualities and that they are identified as impulsive and small-minded individuals to worry about extreme issues such as the investigation of John Wright’s murder Mr....   [tags: Gender, Male, Female, Trifles]

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Susan Glaspell 's ' Trifles '

- 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....   [tags: Husband, Marriage, Wife, Susan Glaspell]

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Susan Glaspell 's ' Trifles '

- In Susan Glaspell’s short story, “Trifles”, the main character is a woman known by Mrs. Wright who “was” married to her husband around the early nineteenth century. The story starts by introducing the readers with the scene of the story which plays a big role in the story. The scene starts by informing the reader of the messy and unorganized kitchen. The play takes place in Mrs. Wright’s house with the Court Attorney, Hale and the Sheriff there as well. The reason the Court Attorney, Hale and the Sheriff were there, is to see Mrs....   [tags: Woman, Marriage, Wife, Susan Glaspell]

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Susan Glaspell 's ' Trifles

- Why are women expected to be trapped inside of the house everyday and maintain the household. Over time the way women have been treated, and what is expected of them, has changed. The way women are viewed and treated has changed, but in certain situations men see them as nothing more than a maid Although women in today’s society may have another job, they are still expected to maintain the household. Susan Glaspell’s play Trifles places an immense emphasis on how the households should be kept and how men treated women....   [tags: Gender, Gender role, Woman, Trifles]

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Gender Roles in Susan Glaspell's A Jury Of Her Peers and Trifles

- Gender Roles in Susan Glaspell's A Jury Of Her Peers and Trifles   Twentieth century society places few stereotypical roles on men and women.  The men are not the sole breadwinners, as they once were, and the women are no longer the sole homemakers.  The roles are often reversed, or, in the case of both parents working, the old roles are totally inconsequential.  Many works of literature deal with gendered roles and their effect on society as a whole or on an individual as a person.  "A Jury Of Her Peers" and Trifles, both written by Susan Glaspell, are works of literature that deal with socially gendered roles during the early nineteenth century.  The two works are almost exactly alike...   [tags: Jury Peers Trifles Glaspell Essays Papers]

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Susan Glaspell’s Trifles

- The first reading I enjoyed was Susan Glaspell’s “Trifles”. The main character in the plat is a sheriff, his wife, the county attorney, and Mr. and Mrs. Hale. The opening scene is all of them in John Wright’s kitchen. Mr. Hale tells the sheriff and attorney how he a visited the house on the day before day and Mrs. Wright greeted him but her demeanor was little suspicions. She told him that her husband was upstairs dead. She says she was asleep when someone choked her husband to death. All the men suspect she is the murderer....   [tags: Trifles Essays]

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Susan Glaspell 's Trifles On Women

- During the 1900s they were not seen as equal, presumed inferior and uneducated creatures only good to own for labor and reproducing. Not slaves, but women who were seen as property and lived unfair lives. Susan Glaspell wrote Trifles to arise a controversial subject that was over looked by society during the 1900s; the oppression of women, which is depicted throughout the play. Glaspell uses stereotypes, symbols and irony to distinguish the different roles between genders during the period the play was written in....   [tags: Gender, Marriage, Susan Glaspell, Wife]

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Essay on Sacrifices in Susan Glaspell's Trifles

- Sacrifices in Trifles When a woman marries she is expected to give up her family, her last name, and her virginity. In other words she is expected to give up the life she knew. Susan Glaspell’s play Trifles tells the story of a woman that gave up her all to please society and her husband. The story examines a woman who sacrificed her tranquility, her talents, and her individuality. In the end, the woman even gave up her freedom. A person’s home should be more than a place to shelter them from the elements....   [tags: Trifles Essays]

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Susan Glaspell's Trifles - The Sweetness of Revenge

- Sweetness of Revenge Susan Glaspell’s play, Trifles, seems to describe the ultimate women’s suffrage story. No longer will men have an upper hand against women after reading this story. Cleverness will be the key to retaining power from the men in this story. The one thing that woman are criticized for, the idea that women tend to look at the ‘little picture’ instead of the ‘whole picture’, will be there path to victory. Two stories of revenge are told in this story, the revenge of suppression and revenge of being portrayed as ‘unsophisticated, unintelligent’ women....   [tags: Trifles Essays]

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Susan Glaspell's Trifles - Some Observations

- Trifles I would like to make three major points. Major #1: Since this is the first play we’ve read, the stage direction really caught my eye and I tended to consider it very seriously in determining the meaning of the work. The most obvious direction, which the essay by Parrish discusses, is that neither Mr. nor Mrs. Wright ever appear in the play, and Glaspell was the first to use this type of direction (which was later recognized as uniquely her own.) Other important examples of the play’s direction (not spoken lines) are: ( ......   [tags: Trifles Essays]

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Plot Structure in Susan Glaspell's Trifles

- Plot Structure in Susan Glaspell's Trifles The play "Trifles" by Susan Glaspell is a whodunit type of murder mystery. But in this case, the "professionals," whose job it is to find out what happened, failed in their task. The County Attorney (Mr. Henderson) and the Sheriff (Mr. Peters) attempt to piece together what had transpired on the day when John Wright was murdered. They interviewed Mrs. Hale, Mrs. Peters, and Mr. Hale who told them that Mrs. Wright, John's wife, had been acting strange when he had found her in the kitchen....   [tags: Trifles Essays]

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Blurred Boundaries in Susan Glaspell's Trifles

- Blurred Boundaries in Trifles       In her landmark feminist play, "Trifles," Susan Glaspell offers a peek at the complicated political and social systems that both silenced and divided women during their struggle for equality with men. In this simple but highly symbolic tale, a farmer's wife, Minnie Wright, is accused of strangling her husband to death. The county attorney, the sheriff, a local farmer, the sheriff's wife and the farmer's wife visit Minnie's farm house. As the men "look for clues," the women survey Minnie's domestic environment....   [tags: Trifles Essays]

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Deadly Silence in Susan Glaspell's Trifles

- The Deadly Silence in Trifles         While reading Susan Glaspell's play Trifles, the use of characters, descriptive language, and symbolism teaches the audience that one person's home and one person's way of living can also be an introduction to one person's private hell.  Throughout the play, discoveries are made to teach the audience that maybe things are not what they seem and that sometimes people must take a deeper look into what is around them.         Mrs. Hale, Mrs. Peters, the county attorney, and the sheriff are the four main characters of the play that introduce the audience to the crime that has just been committed.  The sheriff and Mrs....   [tags: Trifles Essays]

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Trifles, By Susan Glaspell

- One of the most important tools that an author uses to convey his message to the reader throughout the text is his language. It plays a vital role in setting the overall tone of the text and helps in foreshadowing with crumbs of symbols and imagery. This essay focuses on the play “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell, first performed on August 8th, 1916. In order to understand the main idea of the play, it is important to understand details of the background of the author as it will help to illustrate a possible connection to the play....   [tags: Susan Glaspell, Gender, Woman, The Play]

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Understanding the Feminism in Susan Glaspell's Trifles

- As I began reading “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell, I felt that it had an element of demoralization towards women. In addition to this demoralization, I felt that the imagery and tone elevated the image of the male characters to be superior to women in intelligence. As I read further I realized that the author was attempting to dispel this belief in male superiority. In fact, I felt that the author was illustrating that women are not inferior to men, but have the ability to be superior. Through my research into the context of “Trifles,” I strengthened my understanding of Glaspell’s goal to teach me the inaccuracy of the sexist belief that women are less valuable than men....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Analytical essay, theatre]

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Stereotypes and Stereotyping in Susan Glaspell's Trifles

- Stereotypes and Stereotyping in Susan Glaspell's Trifles      In the play Trifles, by Susan Glaspell, the male characters make several assumptions concerning the female characters. These assumptions deal with the way in which the male characters see the female characters, on a purely stereotypical, gender-related level. The stereotypical assumptions made are those of the women being concerned only with trifling things, loyalty to the feminine gender, and of women being subservient to their spouses....   [tags: Trifles Essays Papers]

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Trifles, By Susan Glaspell

- Trifles by Susan Glaspell tackles the problems of the patriarchal systems that women have lived in. The focus of Trifles is bringing the oppression of women to the public. However, I believe that understanding the different roles men played in Trifles and will give a new perspective of the trials women went through in this proto-feminist play. As such, this essay will explore the roles men played in the lives of women. Specifically, what aspects of the writing illustrate the implied authority of men and the active oppression over Mrs....   [tags: Gender, Gender role, Antagonist, Susan Glaspell]

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How Feminism Is Portrayed in Susan Glaspell’s Trifles

- How Feminism Is Portrayed in Susan Glaspell’s Trifles Susan Glaspell’s play, Trifles, may not be the best story to read and it may be confusing to some people, but it teaches the reader a great deal about how women were treated and how women were viewed during the early 1900’s. When analyzing the play from a feminist standpoint, Mrs. Wright’s motive for killing her husband becomes more clear and understandable to why she did it. Susan Glaspell gives the reader an idea of how men and women were treated during that time....   [tags: play analysis, Trifles, theme, women]

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Susan Glaspell 's Short Trifles

- In Susan Glaspell’s short Trifles, Mrs. Wright is being accused of murdering her former husband Mr. Wright. While their house is being investigated, there are a lot of clues that suggest what could’ve happened between Mr. and Mrs. Wright. Susan Glaspell uses many literal techniques throughout the story to give readers a depiction of what’s going on. Glaspell uses irony, symbolism, and themes to distinguish Mrs. Wright’s role in the murder and her character in the story. Glaspell utilizes irony from the title to the story....   [tags: Susan Glaspell, Gender, Wife, Gender role]

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Susan Glaspell's Trifles - Little Things Mean a Lot

- Little Things Mean a Lot in Trifles Susan Glaspell's play, Trifles, explores the fact that women pay attention to the little things that may lead to the solving of a bigger problem. Why are women so into the little things. The attention to detail seems to be the starting point to solving the bigger problem. Think of the little things as pieces of a puzzle. When the small pieces come together you see the bigger picture. In the play Trifles the men seem to think the women only worry about the little things, or trifles....   [tags: Trifles Essays]

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Repression of Women Exposed in Susan Glaspell's Trifles

- The Repression of Women Exposed in Trifles Susan Glaspell in Trifles explores the repression of women. Since the beginning of time, women have been looked down upon by men. They have been considered “dumb” and even a form of property. Being physically and emotionally abused by men, women in the early 1900’s struggled to break the mold formed by society. Even with the pain of bearing children, raising them, doing household and even farm chores, their efforts have never been truly appreciated....   [tags: Trifles Essays]

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Susan Glaspell 's ' Trifles '

- Everyone Has A Role The focal point for the feminist theory is centered on the perceived oppression of the female in a male-controlled society. Feminist theory is concerned with how literature enforces or ignores the socio-political, economic and psychological subjugation of the female (Tyson). The feminist school of thought focuses on how various cultures inherently glorify the male gender. It endeavors to expose the various male biases found in the literature. Susan Glaspell, as a writer in the early twentieth century, lived in a time when women were rising to fight the bias that patriarchal societies used when giving roles to its members....   [tags: Gender role, Gender, Woman, Role]

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Susan Glaspell 's `` Trifles ``

- In any form of writing, various literary elements come together to compose a thorough and multifaceted work of literature. All the elements serve a distinct purpose; symbolism, for one, is imperative in a literary work because it aids the reader in the overall comprehension of the particular theme or multiple themes that a story is trying to convey. In Susan Glaspell 's, "Trifles," she meticulously incorporates significant symbols that help the reader recognize and construe the depth of the ambiguous significance of the jar of fruit preserves, quilt, bird, and the bird cage....   [tags: Woman, Anxiety, Evidence, Blackcurrant]

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Susan Glaspell 's ' Trifles '

- As Susan Glaspell’ play, “Trifles”, centers around the murder Mr. Wright, Mrs. Wright as the primary suspect, meaningless objects such as a bird cage, a bird, rope, and apron uncover the reason behind the crime to the women, who are in the kitchen, while the men scavenger around investigating elsewhere in the home. This unveils the men’s belief in the early 1900’s of a woman’s ability and purpose in a domestic setting at home and the oppression that might be felt, but not spoken about the women, who suss the corruption of innocence in the marriage of Mrs....   [tags: Marriage, Husband, Wife, Woman]

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Susan Glaspell 's ' Trifles '

- “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell is a literary breakthrough. Thought by many to be the first piece of modern work advocating women 's rights, this play made a splash into the male dominated era of the early nineteenth century. Set on a farm after the murder of Mr. Wright, three male characters assign themselves with the position of investigators, while their two wives serve as mere gatherers for the convicted felon Mrs. Wright. Mrs. Peters, one of the women, deliberately challenges society 's social norms....   [tags: Gender, Gender role, Woman, Man]

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Susan Glaspell 's `` Trifles ``

- Susan Glaspell provocative Play, "Trifles" offers a glimpse into the patriarchal culture and disillusionment of marriage as it acts as the catalyst for examination into personal identity, societal responsibility, and the irreverence that women faced in America at the turn of the 20th century. Based in 1916 this one act play includes elements of what the women 's suffrage movement was all about. Through nuances and subtlety in speech gender imbalances are revealed in the characters and give way to motive for murder....   [tags: Women's suffrage, Women's rights, Feminism]

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Susan Glaspell 's ' Trifles '

- In the mysterious play “Trifles”, written by Susan Glaspell, the county attorney desperately tries to uncover the works behind the death of Mr. Wright. He was found dead in his bed with a rope around his neck that evening. The number one suspect of this crime is his wife Mrs. Wright. Mr. Hale, the closest neighbor had discovered Mr. Wright’s body because he wanted him to go out with the guys. When he requested this information to Mrs. Wright, she calmly told him about her knowledge of her husband’s inability to breathe......   [tags: Marriage, Wife, Love, Woman]

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Stereotypes and Stereotyping in Susan Glaspell's Trifles

- Stereotypes in Trifles I like this play quite a lot. It's got murder, mystery and deceit. It's interesting that the play bases a lot on stereotypes. The men are the sheriff, deputy and the attorney sent out to discover the details of the murder of a man found hanged in his bed. They look carefully in the bedroom and outside in the barn for clues and the women are sent in, I think initially, to gather some things for Mrs. Wright. The women are mocked at by the men. Worrying about things like jelly freezing and sewing....   [tags: Trifles Essays]

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Susan Glaspell's Play Trifles

- ... Mrs. Hale finds a dead bird with a broken neck inside of Mrs. Wright’s sewing box wrapped in a cloth. Obviously as lonely as Mrs. Wright was the death of her bird would have been catastrophic for her. This is evidence of a motive proving Mrs. Wright killed her husband out of sheer revenge of the death of her bird, it was the last thing he was ever going to take away from her. Along with the broken cage Mrs. Peters states, “Why, look at this door. It’s broke. One hinge is pulled apart” (8). Then Mrs....   [tags: silent liberation from marriage]

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Susan Glaspell's Trifles and A Jury of Her Peers

- Susan Glaspell Trifles Susan Glaspell wrote many literary pieces in the early 1900s. Two, in particular, are very similar in theme, which is the play Trifles and the short story “A Jury of Her Peers”. The Trifles was written in 1920 and “A Jury of Her Peers” was written in 1921, a short story, adapted from the play. Susan Glaspell was born in Davenport, IA July 1, 1876 as a middle child and the only daughter. In college, she wrote for her school paper, The Drake, and after Glaspell graduated, she started working for the Des Moines News....   [tags: theme analysis]

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William Faulkner's A Rose for Emily and Susan Glaspell's Trifles

- ... Just to [spend] the day with him (Shivers.) Like a raw wind that gets to the bone” (Trifles 1417). They did not have any children or pets and that also added to Mrs. Wright loneliness. He was also gone off to work for most of the day, leaving Mrs. Wright at home by herself. Emily's father suppressed all of her inner desires. He kept her down to the point that she was not allowed to grow and change with the things around her. When “garages and cotton gins had encroached and obliterated…only Miss Emily's house was left, lifting its stubborn and coquettish decay above the cotton wagons and the gasoline pumps” (Rose 217)....   [tags: content analysis]

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The Empowerment of Women in Trifles by Glaspell

- ... Hale and Mrs. Peters have never met, but they quickly formed a bond and worked well together. Mrs. Hale has known Mrs. Wright since she was a young girl and she is able to tell Mrs. Peters more information about her. Mrs. Peters has never met Mrs. Wright but she feels that she can relate to her because she has lost a child just like Mrs. Wright who lost her canary, which was the closest thing the Wrights had to a child. Once Mr. Wright took that away from her, Mrs. Wright went into a state of depression and was looking to get some form of revenge....   [tags: investigation, discrimination, murder]

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Susan Glaspell 's Trifles, The Sheriff, Henry And The County Attorney

- In Susan Glaspell 's "Trifles," the sheriff, Henry Peters, and the county attorney, George Henderson, arrive with the witnesses, Lewis Hale, Mrs. Peters, and Mrs. Hale at John Wright 's farmhouse, where the police are investigating Wright 's murder. While the men are investigating upstairs, the women discover a quilt and decide to bring it with them, although the men tease them for pondering about the "trifles" such as the quilt. The women discover an empty birdcage and eventually find the dead canary in a box in Mrs....   [tags: Gender role, Gender, Susan Glaspell, Transgender]

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Analysis Of Susan Glaspell 's ' Trifles '

- Life in the early 19th century was different then how it is nowadays because woman are less restricted than how they used to be back then. For instance, back them a woman could only dream of becoming the president of the United States. In the next elections Hilary Clinton is running for president because she has the right. Women have come a long way, but one thing that is not going to change is women helping each other. No matter what women are going to help each other, even if they have to go against their husband’s word....   [tags: Woman, Gender, Women, Wife]

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Analysis Of Susan Glaspell 's ' Trifles '

- Trifles by Susan Glaspell is a play that explores ideals in an intriguing and fascinating way. It is about the investigation into life of Minnie Wright after the discovery of her husband’s death. Three men and two women dive into the home of the Wright’s to uncover some of the mystery surrounding their lives and Mr. Wright’s untimely death. These men being the county attorney, Mr. Hale, and Mr. Peters. The women in the play being Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters. By doing the investigation it is revealed the gender roles and the inequality among genders during that time period....   [tags: Gender, Gender role, Feminism, Gender studies]

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Response to Trifles by Susan Glaspell

- Response to Trifles by Susan Glaspell The play “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell is type of murder mystery that takes place in the early 1900’s. The play begins when the sheriff Mr. Peters and county attorney Mr. Henderson come to attempt to piece together what had happen on the day that Mr. Wright was murder. While investigating the seen of the murder, they are accompanied by the Mr. Hale, Mrs. Hale and Mr. Peters. Mr. Hale had told that Mrs. Wright was acting strange when he found her in the kitchen....   [tags: Plays Susan Glaspell Murder Mystery Essays]

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Emotional Break-down in Susan Glaspell's Trifles

- Emotional Break-down in Trifles Trifles is an interesting story about the emotional break-down of a country woman. It is obvious by certain descriptions within the text that she did have an emotional trauma. However, it is never made clear if she killed her husband or did he commit suicide. The emotional trauma can be scene in the beginning of the story by her attitude towards Mr. Hale. Ms. Wright is in a state of shock her constant rocking; pleating of her skirt; her "queer" look and her dead pan response to how Mr....   [tags: Trifles Essays]

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The Battle of the Sexes in Susan Glaspell's Trifles

- The Battle of the Sexes in Susan Glaspell's Trifles 'Well, women are used to worrying over trifles,' (Glaspell 957) remarks crime scene eyewitness Mr. Hale in Susan Glaspell's short play Trifles. As this quotation blatantly demonstrates, literature has had a lengthy history of gender bias, both in terms of adequate representation of women as authors and as formidable, strong characters. In this reference to his and the sheriff's wives, Mr. Hale presents the argumentative conflict that will prove prevalent, if latent, throughout the course of this work....   [tags: Feminism condescending males men]

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Feminist Message in Susan Glaspell's Trifles

- The Feminist Message in Susan Glaspell's Trifles Susan Glaspell's Trifles can be regarded as a work of feminist literature. The play depicts the life of a woman who has been suppressed, oppressed, and subjugated by a patronizing, patriarchal husband. Mrs. Wright is eventually driven to kill her "hard" (1178) husband who has stifled every last twitch of her identity. Trifles dramatizes the hypocrisy and ingrained discrimination of male-dominated society while simultaneously speaking to the dangers for women who succumb to such hierarchies....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]

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Trifles By Susan Glaspell And A Dollhouse

- In “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell and “A Dollhouse” by Henrik Ibsen, the authors use symbolism to shed light on the way woman were once looked down upon by men. In both plays the woman face similar derisive attitudes from the men in their lives. Women are treated as property, looked down upon and only useful in matters pertaining to cooking, taking care of children, housework and sexual objects. The women’s marriages, socioeconomic and social status are completely different, but both women reach their emotional breaking point, and grow so discontent with their situations they are willing to take drastic actions....   [tags: Gender, Marriage, Sociology, Woman]

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Trifles By Susan Glaspell And A Dollhouse

- “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell and “A Dollhouse” by Henrik Ibsen, are both very good plays which do an excellent job of bringing attention to the ways females in our society were once looked down upon by men. Despite the fact both works were written when the issue of sexual discrimination was pervasive in our society, both works are still relative today. Even though equality has improved greatly in our society since the time these works were written, the issue still exists in our country to a lesser degree but it is still a huge issue in a large part of the world....   [tags: Gender, Woman, Sexism, Henrik Ibsen]

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Analysis of Trifles, by Susan Glaspell

- Trifles Susan Glaspell (1876 – 1948) The story of Trifles was written in 1916 which is a period in time when women played a minimal role at solving situations, and was thought of as not having much to say or do of importance. There were important issues that plagued women, such as birth control, socialism and women’s suffrage. Also during that time few women went to college or sought employment outside of the home. Women were thought of only being interested in little things of no importance thus the meaning of Trifles....   [tags: Plot Summary, Murder]

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Comparing the Use of Symbols in Steinbeck's The Chrysanthemums and Glaspell's Trifles

- John Steinbeck wrote “The Chrysanthemums” where the protagonist, Elisa maintains her flower garden with a flower called Chrysanthemums. In a daily routine, Elisa’s husband Henry is a typical farmer who was busy with his orchard and steers, while Elisa, a housewife tends to her garden as the chrysanthemums were shown as Elisa’s children. Written by Susan Glaspell, “Trifle” was a play about Mrs. Wright who was put through an investigation where she was the main suspect in the case of her husband‘s death....   [tags: Literary Comparison, Analytical Essay]

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A Comparison of Mrs. Hale and Mr. Wright in Trifles, by Susan Glaspell

- In the play Trifles, written by Susan Glaspell, a small number of people are at the Wright house trying to figure out why and how Mr. Wright was murdered. Mrs. Wright is already the suspect, and all that is needed for the case is evidence for a motive. The jury needs something to show anger or sudden feeling so that they can convict her for murder. The men, Mr. Henderson, Mr. Peters, and Mr. Hale are there to find the evidence. The women, Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale, are there to pick up a select few items for Mrs....   [tags: Susan Glaspell, Hale, Wright]

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Trifles by Susan Glaspell

- The definition of “trifles” is something that does not have much value or importance. In the play “Trifles”, Susan Glaspell illustrates the differences between men and women by the details that they notice and the things that each person considers to be important or necessary. In the play, Mrs. Wright is the main suspect for her husband’s murder. Mr. Henderson, Mr. Peters, and Mr. Hale are the three men in the play that are searching the entire house for physical evidence to prove Mrs. Wright as guilty....   [tags: play analysis, differences between men and women]

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Susan Glaspell's Trifles - The Loyalty of Mrs. Hale

- The Loyalty of Mrs. Hale in Trifles The major idea I want to write about has to do with the way Mrs. Hale stands behind Mrs. Wright even though it seems like everyone else especially (the men) would rather lock her up and throw away the key. We see this right away when she gets on the County Attorney for putting down Mrs. Wright’s house keeping. I find this to be wonderfully symbolic in that most women of this time usually allowed the men to say whatever they wanted about their sex, never standing up for themselves or each other You notice this to be so because Mrs....   [tags: Trifles Essays]

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Analysis of Trifles by Susan Glaspell

- "Trifles" is a play with a unified plot. Although there are verbal flashbacks to the events of the day of the murder of John Wright, the play's entire plot begins and ends in a span of one day. The author also extends the unified plot to create a single setting (the farmhouse kitchen). The plot centers on John Wright's murder. Mrs. Wright is the main suspect; an investigation is taking place as to the motive or reason for the crime. The Sheriff, Mr. Hale and the County Attorney are introduced first to the audience....   [tags: Susan Glaspell]

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Trifles, By Susan Glaspell

- The play “Trifles,” by Susan Glaspell, written in 1916 is based on a real life murder that Glaspell came across as a young reporter. Inspired by her observations, she was able to turn the tragic event into a one-act play which involved a farmer named John Wright, who was strangled by the neck in bed. The main suspect is assumed to be his wife (Minnie Foster), who is placed in jail and does not appear on the scene. Instead two female characters, Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale, become the voice for Mrs....   [tags: Woman, Gender, Black-and-white films, Female]

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Trifles, By Susan Glaspell

- This is a critical analysis of the one-act play, Trifles, using the Feminist approach. Trifles was wrote by Susan Glaspell. Glaspell was born on July 1, 1876 and passed away on July 27, 1948. Through out her life she was known to compose of fifteen different plays, Trifles being one of her most popular plays she had wrote and acted in. She is an American feminist writer, which is why I chose to analyze this All-American play, Trifles, using the Feminist approach. After doing some reading on Susan Glaspell and the backround on the one-act play, Trifles, I have come to the realization that Glaspell wrote this play based off of a true story that she reported once when she was a journalist....   [tags: Marriage, Husband, Murder, Woman]

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Trifles, By Susan Glaspell

- The short dramatic play “Trifles,” by Susan Glaspell tells the story about the persecution of American women dominated by the men during the 20th century. Glaspell uses gender discrimination, setting to disclose the prejudice of the society and the solidarity of men that rebellion motives. “Trifles” also discusses investigation, law, duty, justice and judgment. It takes place in a farmhouse to investigate a real murder case. The male characters of the story carry on their official investigation for the murder of Mr....   [tags: Gender, Woman, Gender role, Anxiety]

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Trifles by Susan Glaspell

- Susan Glaspell’s most memorable one-act play, Trifles (1916) was based on murder trial case that happened in the 1900’s. Glaspell worked as a reporter, where she appointed a report of a murder case. It was about a farmer, John Hossack who was killed while he was asleep in bed one night. His wife claimed that she was asleep next to him when the attack occurred. No one believed in her statement, she was arrested and was charged on first degree murder. In Trifles, the play takes place at an abandon house at a farm where John Wright and his wife, Minnie Wright lived....   [tags: murder trial, mr. hale, minnie]

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Trifles, a Play by Susan Glaspell

- The play Trifles was written by Susan Glaspell in 1916. It reflects the author’s assimilation with culturally tied views of gender and sex roles. As the title of the play, “Trifles”, evokes the concerns of women who are often regarded as trifles—insignificant subjects—that bear little or no significance to the true work of society which is, evidently, fulfilled by men. Glaspell (Susan Glaspell 1902) questions, and thus calls the viewer or reader to also wonder, the comparative value of men’s and women’s work and perspectives by introducing a taut-filled drama that stretches out the development of two different accounts, one female and one male....   [tags: Thw Work of Women]

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Trifles, By Susan Glaspell

- “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell encompasses the idea of feminism among the women characters. Feminism is the advocacy of women to be seen as equals to men. “Trifles” shows a clear representation of women’s place in society. While solving a mystery of a man’s death gender roles are prevalent and key to solving this murder mystery. “Trifles” facilitates a rebellion of the women to be shown as competent to solve a murder mystery and not just a “housewife”. The women in the story take clear actions to show they are more than or equally as competent as the men in several areas of the short story portraying a sense of feminism throughout the story....   [tags: Gender, Gender role, Woman, Women's suffrage]

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Trifles, By Susan Glaspell

- The play “Trifles”, written by Susan Glaspell, is about the murder of a husband named John Wright. The Play starts out at the scene of the crime. A middleman named Hale who had dropped by to see if Mr. Wright wanted to install a telephone found him dead in his bed. Once the sheriffs arrive they comb through the crime scene looking for any evidence to prove the suspect, Wrights wife, guilty of the murder. The sheriffs brings along his wife, Mrs. Peters, and Mr. Hales wife to gather objects for Mrs....   [tags: KILL, Marriage, English-language films, Wife]

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Trifles by Susan Glaspell

- ... The behavior of men towards women in a patriarchal society is described by Manju when she describes society in India by stating, “In Indian society stress is given to create female persona for different stages, docile daughters, chase and obedient wives and sacrificing mothers. The only domain ascribed to female is to fit in this good daughter, good wife and good mother criteria. Husband and wife are considered soul mates. But man assumes himself superior to woman, and he never tries to create emotional bonding with his wife, to understand her wishes or act according to her consent” (234)....   [tags: sister love, play analysis]

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Analysis of Susan Glaspell’s “Trifles”

- The single act play “Trifles” is loosely based on the murder of a farmer in the state of Iowa in the early nineteenth century, which Glaspell reported on while working as a journalist. The farmer’s wife was accused of the murder, and was initially convicted, but later acquitted. Literary analysts note that Glaspell “approached the case like a detective” (Bryan and Wolf). More than a decade after that incident, when she was a career writer, analysts describe, “in a span of ten days, Glaspell composed a one-act play” being inspired from that real life murder event (Bryan and Wolf)....   [tags: Literature, Gender Studies]

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Feminist Theme Of Susan Glaspell 's ' Trifles '

- Megan Hughes Ms. Rossie English 1020 A-01 11 November 2015 Feminist Theme in Trifles Susan Glaspell was undeniably a feminist writer and this is mostly seen in her play Trifles. Feminist critics support women’s roles in literature and value their experiences. Feminist criticism is “the way in which literature reinforce or undermine the economic, political, social, and psychological oppression of women” (Tyson). The theory of feminist criticism is how our society is innately patriarchal and also struggles to reveal males biased writing of women....   [tags: Gender, Gender role, Woman, Female]

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Gender And Conflict : Susan Glaspell 's Trifles

- Throughout history, women have been portrayed as inferior creatures to their male counterparts. Men have displayed their superiority privately in the midst of a marriage and then more publicly being recognized as the “head of the house” making women feel lesser than men. This discrimination based on the sex of a person has oppressed women from all areas of the world. The theme of gender and conflict is revealed in Susan Glaspell’s Trifles which ultimately produces sexism and injustices based on gender....   [tags: Gender, Transgender, Gender role, Female]

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The Changing Roles of Women in Susan Glaspell’s "Trifles"

- In Susan Glaspell’s Trifles, the theme of contrasting roles between men and women is magnified by the setting of a lonely, Midwestern farm isolated from the public. This play demonstrates how different the roles between men and women were, and how women were treated. Trifles, also illustrates the changing times in the late 19th century to early 20th century. During this time period, women become more independent and wanted to be equal to men instead of inferior to them. Trifles, takes place in the late 1880s to early 1900s on a Midwestern farm in a small town....   [tags: gender roles, theatre, analysis]

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Susan Glaspell´s Trifles: Women Unite

- ... Wright goes by her first and last name. The men of the story feel so superior to the women; they begin to degrade Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peter’s curiosity in the “Trifles”. For example, the sheriff says “Can you beat the women. Held for murder and worryin’ about their preserves. (Booth, 750). The other men say continue to say negative things about the women as well. Their statements indicate that the women are frivolous and too small-minded to be concerned about the investigation. Additionally, the men criticize the state of their kitchen....   [tags: murder, investigation, evidence, women]

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Distinct Understanding on Trifles by Susan Glaspell

- Susan Glaspell writes Trifles based on a real life murder and introduces the contemporary feminist concerns of identity and the necessity for female support and understanding. In the story, the county attorney, the sheriff and a neighboring farmer go to the isolated, abandoned farmhouse to investigate John Wright’s murder, while the wives of the sheriff and the farmer go along to get some personal belongings for Minnie, who is now in the jail. John Wright is strangled in his bed and his wife, Minnie is the major suspect as she does not wake up when the crime happens....   [tags: oppression, women, gender, behavior]

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The Short Play Trifles By Susan Glaspell

- Sexual Equality The short play Trifles by Susan Glaspell was written early in the 20th Century, based on an actual court case that a woman was on trial for murdering her husband. Glaspell mention that women are oppressed in their marriages. In the play, Susan Glaspell uses an unsolved crime, focusing on tow women’s talking and views about trifles as the center, to find the truth of the unsolved crime and to portray a soured relationship between a husband and wife. The play begins with the county attorney, George Henderson, local sheriff, Henry Peters, and the neighboring farmer, Lewis Hale with their wives, Mrs....   [tags: Marriage, Wife, Abuse, Gender]

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