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Death of a Bird: Trifles by Susan Glaspell

- ... How ­ she ­ did ­ change.” The discovery of how she changed behaviors from one to another is similar to another psychological theory such as Pavlov’s experiment, as the dog salivated because it was looking at food, but he conditioned it to not salivate with changing it to salivate by looking at light. The reason I mention this is due to the factor that she was never really stuck in a cage, picture this instead replace the bird in the cage with her in the cage. The coping mechanism of a bird is to roam free and sing happily but if she was conditioned such as in Pavlov’s theories to be in a cage with no freedom to roam free her unconcious is telling her she is no longer herself and she is...   [tags: critical perspective analysis]

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Feminist in Susan Glaspell´s Play Trifles

- Trifles In Susan Glaspell’s play Trifles a man has been murdered by his wife, but the men of the town who are in charge of investigating the crime are unable solve the murder mystery through logic and standard criminal procedures. Instead, two women (Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters) who visit the home are able to read a series of clues that the men cannot see because all of the clues are embedded in domestic items that are specific to women. The play at first it seems to be about mystery, but it abruptly grows into a feminist perspective....   [tags: clue, crime, mystery, feminist]

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The Play Trifles by Susan Glaspell

- The short one-act play Trifles by Susan Glaspell, was years ahead of its time. Its time was 1916 but the subject matter is timeless. The aspect of this play that most caught my interest was the contrast between the men and women characters. This is a play written in the early 1900s but transcends time periods and cultures. This play has many strengths and few weaknesses, but helps to provide a very accurate portrait of early American women and the issues they dealt with in everyday comings and goings....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Trifles by Susan Glaspell: Women’s Silent Voices

- In today’s society, we generally view upon everyone as equal; however this view did not exist for decades. Throughout history, there were many instances showing that men dominated women and women were often seen as left with less important or treated as an inferior being. Women were often expected to be good mothers to their children as well as caretakers to their husband. After reading the play “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell, I was able to grasp the important facts about social views of women and their domestic roles....   [tags: equality, history, women's role, independent]

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The Vulnerability of Women's Identity in Trifles by Susan Glaspell

- The Vulnerability of Women's identity In the late 18th century to the early 19th century, women in the the society have been looked down upon by men. Susan Glaspell’s play, “Trifles”, was written in 1916, which reflects on the preoccupation of women’s role in the society. “Trifles” suggests, the concern of women are often considered as an unimportant issue, or even no importance to the true work of society, which is being carried out by men. Trifles is about a murder case where the wife, Minnie Wright, was accused for the murder of her husband John Wright....   [tags: society, women, role, inferiority]

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Trifles by Susan Glaspell

- According to the Merriam -Webster Online Dictionary an assumption is a belief that something is true or a fact or statement that is taken for granted. Susan Glaspell wrote "Trifles" to demonstrate the male assumption that women are insignificant members in a male dominated society. Because the men underestimate them, the women are able to prove they are not insignificant. The improper assumptions by men toward women can have dire consequences, as demonstrated in Glaspell's world. Combating these narcissistic assumptions displayed by men can result in a unity among women that can overcome any male caused disrespect and oppression....   [tags: misogyny, feminism, sexism, equal rights]

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Trifles by Susan Glaspell

- Trifles was written in the early 1900's by Susan Glaspell. This occurred far before the women's movement. Women were generally looked upon as possessions to their husbands. Their children, all wages, and belongings were property of their husbands. In Glaspell's story it is easily depicted as to what role the men and women portrayed in society at this time. Glaspell proves her point by a conversation between two women in this story. The women, Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale, are at the scene of the murder of John Wright....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Trifles by Susan Glaspell

- Trifles by Susan Glaspell In the short play "Trifles,” by Susan Glaspell, various questions and issues originate concerning with the bond between women, the difference between male and female, and what life was like in the early nineteen century for women. In addition, the importance and development of symbols are crucial. Throughout the play, Glaspell uses symbols to further and support Minnie’s isolation and lack of happiness in her life. Although the answers may be evident there is room for guesswork and doubt....   [tags: Papers]

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Trifles by Susan Glaspell

- Trifles by Susan Glaspell Susan Glaspell's Trifles explores male-female relationships through the murder investigation of the character of Mr. Wright. The play takes place in Wright's country farmhouse as the men of the play, the county attorney, the sheriff, and Mr. Hale, search for evidence as to the identity and, most importantly, the motive of the murderer. However, the men never find the clues that would lead them to solving this murder case. Instead, it is their female counterparts who discover the evidence needed, and who are able to do so because of their gender....   [tags: Papers]

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Trifles by Susan Glaspell

- Trifles by Susan Glaspell Susan Glaspells's Trifles is a little gem of a play. In one short act, the playwright presents the audience with a complex human drama leaving us with a haunting question. Did an abused Nebraska farm wife murder her husband. Through the clever use of clues and the incriminating dialogue of the two main characters, this murder mystery unfolds into a psychological masterpiece of enormous proportions. Written in 1916, the play deals with the theme of the roles of women in society....   [tags: Papers]

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Comparing Relationships in Susan Glaspell's Trifles and Cherrie Moraga's Giving Up the Ghost

- Female Relationships in Susan Glaspell's Trifles and Cherrie Moraga's Giving Up the Ghost The plays Trifles, by Susan Glaspell, and Giving Up the Ghost, by Cherrie Moraga, focus on women's interaction in various contexts. Despite the seventy-eight years between their performance dates and the drastic difference in settings and narrative content, the main female characters are comparable, as Mrs. Hale, in Trifles, points out, "We all go through the same things -- it's just a different kind of the same thing" (Norton Anthology of Literature by Women, 1359)....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]

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Comparing Men's Assumptions in Susan Glaspell's Trifles and Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House

- Men's Assumptions in Trifles and A Doll House There are many similarities in the relationships between men and women in Susan Glaspell's Trifles and Henrik Ibsen's A Doll House. The conflict in each play is the result of incorrect assumptions made by the males of a male-dominated society. The men believe that women focus on trivial matters and are incapable of intelligent thinking, while the women quietly prove the men's assumptions wrong. In the plays Trifles and A Doll House men believe women only focus on trivial matters....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Trifles by Susan Keating Glaspell

- Trifles by Susan Keating Glaspell Mention the word feminist and most people think of the modern women's movement. Long before the bra burning of the 60’s, however, writers were writing about the lives and concerns of women living in a male dominated society. Susan Glaspell's play, Trifles, was written in 1916, long before the modern women's movement began. Her story reveals, through Glaspell's use of formal literary proprieties, the role that women are expected to play in society, and the harm that it brings not only the women, but the men as well....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Susan Glaspell's Use of an Unseen Central Character in Trifles

- ... “Her life has been made miserable by an individual who has complete control of her” (Alkalay-Gut 3). What if Wright was, in private, a loving husband. Sometimes the faces and attitudes people show in public are very different then the ones they show in private. No true evidence is ever shown that Wright was anything less than a loving husband, other than the opinions of Mrs. Hale, who admits to not having spent time with Minnie or Wright for several years (Glaspell 1384). The audience and the characters assume that Minnie’s motivation for killing John Wright was that John had killed the bird....   [tags: story and character analysis and development]

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The Deception of Trifles: Gender Roles in the Play by Glaspell

- In the 19th Century, women had different roles and treated differently compared to today’s women in American society. In the past, men expected women to carry out the duties of a homemaker, which consisted of cleaning and cooking. In earlier years, men did not allow women to have opinions or carry on a job outside of the household. As today’s societies, women leave the house to carry on jobs that allow them to speak their minds and carry on roles that men carried out in earlier years. In the 19th Century, men stereotyped women to be insignificant, not think with their minds about issues outside of the kitchen or home....   [tags: Literature, Gender Studies]

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The Theme Of Family By James Joyce, Trifles, By Susan Glaspell And A Good Man Is Hard

- The theme of family The stories “Eveline” by James Joyce, “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell and “A Good Man is hard to Find” by, Flannery O’Conner they share a similar theme ‘Family’. The main characters in each story show different traits of how the family function in each story: that is, how the role of the family determine the decisions the characters make. Are the families functional or dysfunctional, and what qualities account for the success or failure of these family units, and also how does the author affirm conventional ideas about how members of families should behave....   [tags: Family, Marriage, Sociology, Protagonist]

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Expression of Common Viewpoints of the Early 1900's in "Trifles", by Susan Glaspell

- The play "Trifles", by Susan Glaspell , is an examination of the points of view of the early 1900s against women and equality. The most noticeable theme in this story is men discrediting women's intelligence and their ability to do a man’s job, as detectives, in the story. A less noticeable theme is the sympathy the women in the plot find for each other. Examining the play from this viewpoint we see a diverse set of characters, a plot, and a final act of sacrifice. The three main characters, Mrs....   [tags: women, opression, equality]

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A Prequel to Susan Glaspell's Short Story, Trifles

- A Prequel to Susan Glaspell's Short Story, "Trifles" Minnie Foster was once described as the belle of the ball. To look at her tonight for the first time you could see why. She carried herself with both an air of confidence and modesty at the same time. Her small eyes dominated her face. They did not look directly at you anymore though. Still, they seemed all knowing and experienced as if they were able to see and know secrets about you that you wish no one knew. Her slender peaked nose was no match for the full lips she had, lips that never uttered a sound and which have become as pale as her knuckles....   [tags: Short Story Creative Writing Essays]

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Susan Glaspell 's Trifles, The Battle Of The Sexes, Woman Gains Her Greatest Victory By Surrendering

- “In the battle of the sexes, woman gains her greatest victory by surrendering,” is an anonymous quote that can be related into any point in history and, unfortunately, even in modern day life. In society men have always been considered superior to women, but Susan Glaspell challenges sexism in society through the female leads in “Trifles” through structure, setting, and symbolism. In “Trifles” there are two plots occurring simultaneously, the men have a story offstage while the women have the attention on stage....   [tags: Gender, Woman]

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Apparent Feminisms In The Play Trifles by Susan Glaspell

- Apparent Feminisms In The Play Trifles by Susan Glaspell Male domination in 1916, when Susan Glaspell’s play Trifles was written, was the way of life. Men controlled most women and women were not very outspoken during that time period. Mr. Wright in her play was no different from the rest, but she made him a symbol of all the men in the community. The play opens at the scene of the crime. The first three characters who enter the room are the three men involved in the investigation of the murder at hand....   [tags: Papers]

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Woman in Time

- The average woman’s role in society today, starkly contrasts that of the female social norm expressed in eras predating the current; however, similarities do exist. Women once existed in the background, limited to lives of household responsibilities, compelled by overwhelming societal expectations to obey their male counterpart, and preform a set of domestic duties specific to their gender. Today this is not the case, however certain gender related expectations remain intact, and for this reason gender roles are still a prominent aspect of everyday social dynamics....   [tags: Women's Role, Trifles, Susan Glaspell]

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Trifles and A Dollhouse

- The plays, Trifles and A Dollhouse use the literary tool of symbolism to portray the way women were treated throughout the nineteenth century. Susan Glaspell uses the bird cage and the dead bird to signify the role and life of women in marriage and society, whereas Henrik Ibsen uses the dollhouse. These symbols allow the reader to recognize the plays main similarities in the treatment of women, such as men dismissing women as trivial and treating them like property; however, the plays portray the women’s lifestyles as different which seal their fates....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Susan Glaspell]

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Analysis of the Play Trifles

- In Susan Glaspell’s play Trifles Mr. Wright’s murder is never solved because the two women in the story unite against of the arrogance of men to hide evidence that would prove Mrs. Wright as the murderer. The play Trifles is about the death of farmer Mr. Wright and how the town sheriff and attorney try to find evidence that his wife Mrs. Wright killed him. As the play progresses the men’s wives who had come along were discovering important pieces of evidence that prove the men’s theory but chose to hide from them to illustrate the point that their ideas should have been valued and not something to be trifled....   [tags: Susan Glaspell]

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Trifles and the Lost Generation

- The very origin of the term the “Lost Generation”, is lost. The true story floats somewhere in the memories of Earnest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, and a French car garage owner, but there are two different versions of the story, both experienced by Stein and retold by Hemingway (Mellow 273). The phrase, the Lost Generation, is a unifying term that captures the simple themes of isolation and hopelessness, similar to the emotions society experienced in between the two world wars. However, only a limited number of works identify under this label....   [tags: Susan Glaspell]

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Trifles and Symbolism Solve the Mystery

- Trifles and symbolism solve the mystery Many define drama to be a literary work that is to be performed in front of an audience. But to truly define drama one must comply with its themes in order to understand it fully. Drama is a form of art that is visually presented. It displays key characteristics of human emotions to give deeper meaning to what is being presented. Sometimes drama brings out what a person is truly feeling through a tragedy play or a play portraying good fortune. Drama plays are sometimes taken out of real life instances to extend the controversy of the event or elevate the excitement of the situation....   [tags: Susan Glaspell, play analysis]

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Theme Analysis of the play Trifles

- A play can be analyzed in multiple ways. One of these ways is through the play’s theme. The theme of a work is often a statement about life and the human condition. In the play Trifles by Susan Glaspell, the theme noticing the little things can make a difference can be explained through plot, character, and setting. The theme can be developed through the plot. In Trifles, Mr. Wright was found murdered in his bed, so the police arrested his wife. Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters, neighbors of the Wrights, went to Mrs....   [tags: Susan Glaspell]

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To Kill a Canay: A Contrast and Comparison of Trifles to a Jury of Her Peers

- To Kill A Canary: A Contrast and Comparison of Trifles To a Jury of Her Peers by Susan Glaspell: If your husband had just been murdered, would your first concern be of your jar of preserves bursting. The short story “ A Jury of Her Peers” and play “Trifles” share an abudance of similarities. The setting in both takes place during winter in Dickson County, Nebraska. This is a rutal town located in the farm belt of the United States in the early part of the 1900’s. Glaspell craftfully uses the discussions between the characters and symbolism in both stories to bring focus to and reject how males viewed and treated females in rural America in the 1900’s....   [tags: Susan Glaspell short story analysis]

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Irony of Small Trifles

- Irony of Small Trifles            In the drama Trifles, Glaspell shows two main view points. That is how the men have the role of being the head of everything and how the women do not get as fairly treated and are only house maids to the men. She characterizes the men as not giving the women the credit they deserve for their hard labors each and everyday. The sheriff, attorney, and neighboring farmer help prove how in the past men were completely superior to women. By showing these two points it makes us feel more sympathetic for the women because of how they are treated....   [tags: essays glaspell Papers]

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A Psychoanalytical Perspective of Susan Glaspell’s Trifle

- The psychoanalytical perspective is a method of shifting from a hidden to an obvious subject matter which encompasses a process of awareness as well as translation (The Free Dictionary by Farlex, 2010). From a psychoanalyst perspective I will examine the linguistic symbolism of the text in the short play, “Trifle” to arrive at the underlying suppressed concepts of the author. Susan Glaspell- an Iowa native- filled her play with a hint of mid-western flavor. She also made a point to include a sense of feminist pride which was mirrored by her three main characters, Mrs....   [tags: Susan Glaspell, Trifle]

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A Doll House, Trifles and Domestic Dependency

- Looking over the course of time, women had overcome some abusive and intrusive periods in society to be heard and noticed as an equal to mankind. Woman have struggled for equal rights as early as the 1800’s, which in this time the role of the woman was franchised in every home, to be seen but not heard, to complete what were daily chores such as cleaning, cooking, sewing and motherhood,. Women were in a time warp, and were in need to speak out, be heard and not judged by their mother baring and homemaking skills....   [tags: Trifles Essays]

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Women 's Oppression By Kate Chopin And Susan Glaspell

- Women’s Oppression Kate Chopin and Susan Glaspell were both talented writers during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Chopin and Glaspell wrote about the oppression of women during that era. Kate Chopin is famously known for her short story “The Story of an Hour.” Chopin demonstrates a woman’s mixed reaction to the news of her husband’s passing, with a surprise twist. Glaspell is famously known for writing Trifles. In this play, Glaspell takes the readers on a journey of trying to find the suspect of a murder case....   [tags: Gender, Short story, Susan Glaspell]

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Essay on Action, Props, Costumes, and Visual Elements in Trifles

- Action, Props, Costumes, and Visual Elements in Trifles Susan Glaspell’s play, Trifles, shows the importance of staging, gestures, and props to create the proper atmosphere of a play. Without the development of the proper atmosphere through directions from the author, the whole point of the play may be missed. Words definitely do not tell the whole story in Trifles - the dialog only complements the unspoken. Susan Glaspell tells us her vision of the Wright's kitchen, where the action of her play "Trifles" takes place, through stage directions....   [tags: Trifles Essays]

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Looking at the Past Present in Hamlet and Trifles

- The Elizabethan Era under the rule of Queen Elizabeth I in England not only produced an expansion of growth in the suburbs and a more unified nation, but also introduced the world’s most famous playwright of all times, William Shakespeare. During this period of greatest artistic achievement, Shakespeare, who produced about thirty- seven plays as well as many other great works, created what is considered his greatest achievement, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. Surprisingly, this particular five-act play depicts numerous aspects which are relevant to today’s society, four hundred years later....   [tags: Hamlet, Trifles 2014]

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An Analysis Of Susan Glaspell 's ' A Play Based On An Actual Murder '

- Symbolic Reasoning In a play, the audience should be intrigued and ready for what is to come next. It is a play that works by understanding. It has the audience on their seat to make them be part of the play. Susan Glaspell wrote a play based on an actual murder. “In the process of completing research for a biography of Susan Glaspell, [she] discovered the historical source upon which Trifles ...Glaspell covered the case and the subsequent trial when she was a reporter for the Des Moines Daily News”(Ben-Zvi 143)....   [tags: Gender role, Gender, Woman, Susan Glaspell]

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Trifles

- The setting of this one-act play is a farmhouse kitchen in the Midwest. Instead of modern appliances, there is a hand pump at the sink for water, and a wood-burning stove for warmth and for cooking. From the kitchen, there are three doors: one to the parlor, one to the upstairs, and one to the shed and then on to the outdoors. In the middle of the room is a rustic dining table and chairs. The room has not been cleaned up and looks as if someone was interrupted in the midst of cooking a meal. Dirty pans are stacked under the sink, a loaf of bread is sitting outside the breadbox and a dishtowel is sitting on the table....   [tags: Susan Glaspell]

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Susan Glaspell 's A Significant Scene

- Susan Glaspell creates a significant scene with a short story based on a play written in 1916. A Jury of Her Peers reveals a setting of Dickson County in March, when a farmer’s lonely wife allegedly murders her husband and a team of investigators and their wives assemble to search for a motive. Women of the time were oppressed and striving to find their way in society while continuing to uphold their family name and producing acceptable households. America was surging ahead to World War I and women who had to hold the home front together found themselves in new situations that brought stress and anguish....   [tags: Woman, Wife, Susan Glaspell, Marriage]

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Literary Look at Susan Glaspell

- Susan Glaspell is a thought-provoking exemplar of an authentic early feminist writer, “born in 1882 in Davenport, Iowa.” (Learner) She grew up in a small, conservative, middle-class town in the Midwest, which had a powerful influence on her. Her evolution from regional focused compositions to modernism was made possible and achieved by her geographical relocation to the east coast. Following her graduation “from Drake University” (Learner) she found there to be copious boundaries and restraints for women in the work place....   [tags: Feminism, Author]

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Trifles And A Jury Of Her Peers

- Susan Glaspell wrote both Trifles and a “Jury of her Peers” two stories that are nearly indistinguishable from one another. The subtlety of Trifles is purposefully ironic, the devil is in the details of both the play and the short story. The short story takes us into a little more detail than the play, revealing things unspoken and thoughts that could not be conveyed on the stage. There are many themes of this story, the societal place of the women, justice and that details are important in solving a mystery....   [tags: Mind, Thought, Short story, Woman]

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The Story Of An Hour And The Play Trifles

- In Western culture, it is understood that marriage is based on an equal partnership and not one person controlling the other. On the contrary, in the early 19th century, women were usually in unions that were male dominated. Women were meant to be seen and not heard. Likewise, in the short story, “The Story of an Hour” and the play “Trifles”, two women from very different circumstances share the same fate of being dominated by their husbands and lose their identity while married. In Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour”, Mrs....   [tags: Marriage, Wife, Husband, Woman]

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The Yellow Wallpaper, By Susan Glaspell

- Gender equality has been a prominent issue for an exceptionally long period of time. Feminists have been attempting to fight for male and female equality for decades by trying to prove that females are just as capable as males are. Throughout history, women were treated unequally while being compared to men. Today, in the contemporary world, some females are still treated unfairly in many diverse ways. Some people argue that women and men are indeed equal; however, women are certainly unequal in the eyes of most men....   [tags: Gender, Woman, Gender role, Marriage]

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A Doll 's House And Trifles

- The plays, A Doll House and Trifles, brilliantly depict the male dominated relationships that were prominent in each playwright’s society. The play, A Doll House, by Henrik Ibsen, shows how women are seen as nothing more than a pretty face. On the other hand, Trifles, by Susan Glaspell, presents the idea that women are loyal to their husbands so they will do as their husbands wish. The concept of women being viewed as harmless creatures by men because they see them as unintelligent is prominent in both works and serves as the focus of each playwright’s critique of the attitudes toward marriage in their own respective societies....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Problem solving]

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Observations of Women in "Trifles"

- Whose side are you on. The men’s. Or the women’s. In “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell, the women are more observant than the men. The women in the play discover Mrs. Wright’s motives for the murder of her husband. The sexist and rude men are preoccupied by the bigger problem when they should be looking for small details that lead to the bigger problem. The women in the play are observant. For example when the men are looking for evidence in the kitchen the women take notice of a quilt that is not finished, “She was piecing a quilt....   [tags: Play Analysis]

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The Strength of Women in Trifles

- During the 1900’s women were viewed as nothing more than house wives. They were expected to cook, clean, and take care of their children and husbands. The lack of respect women received during this time is extremely evident in “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell. In this play women are depicted as incapable, and these ladies are very much aware of this. Mrs. Peters, the sheriff’s wife practically says throughout the play we cannot do this we are women, and she seems quite content with that; whereas Mrs....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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The Invisible Woman in Trifles

- Trifles is a one-act play inspired by a murder which the author Susan Glaspell followed as a reporter from 1899-1901, yet did not publish until 1916. The difference in time is significant, as the fight to gain the right to vote was advanced during this period. For years the feminist movement had experienced many failures. The play and its themes display the changing attitude towards female injustices. Trifles exposes how American Women in the early 20th century, especially the “invisible” woman Mrs....   [tags: Play Analysis, Women Rights]

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A Doll's House and Trifles

- The movement for female right is one of the important social issue and it is ongoing reaction against the traditional male definition of woman. In most civilizations there was very unequal treatment between women and men with the expectation being that women should simply stay in the house and let the men support them. A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen, and Trifles, by Susan Glaspell, are two well-known plays that give rise to discussions over male-female relationships. In both stories, they illustrate the similar perspectives on how men repress women in their marriages; men consider that women should obey them and their respective on their wives is oppressed showing the problems in two marriag...   [tags: Play Analyses, Women's Rights]

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Elaborate or Simplify Trifles?

- The play, Trifles, written by Susan Glaspell, establishes the discrepancy between men and women’s perception and roles during the early 1900s. Its title, Trifles is tied to the concept that is reemphasized many times in the play, which illustrates that women’s thoughts, observations, and voices were considered as trifles or something of which that has least significance to the society and its values. Glaspell gradually builds the plot up to a controversial murder mystery by giving each character specific attributes and by developing symbolism with the objects mentioned in the play....   [tags: Theatre]

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Gender Differences in "Trifles"

- “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell is a play that is largely based on stereotypes. The most prevalent one is the inferiority of women over men, though the play also explores the differences between genders in general. First of all, Glaspell largely examines the repression of women in the 1900s. Women were highly looked down upon by men, and were seen mostly as housekeepers and child bearers, and were definitely not seen as intelligent people. The women in this play prove that the stereotypes against them are completely wrong....   [tags: Plays]

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Feminist Themes of Susan Glaspell's Plays

- ... Another major theme is the female identity, and it is found mostly within the analysis of Mrs. Wright and Mrs. Peters. In her marriage, Mrs. Wright was a woman who lost her identity because her husband destroyed every piece of who she was as Minnie Foster. Mrs. Wright shows no sign of Minnie Foster any more because of her husband. Her individual female identity was destroyed by his need for power and control over her. His control reached into every aspect of her life, so much so that after she killed him, she seemed not only very strange but according to Mr....   [tags: first American femlae playwrights]

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A Woman 's Revenge By Susan Glaspell

- A Woman’s Revenge 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, Female, Black-and-white films]

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The Oppressed Women Of Trifles And The Doll House

- Crystie R. Kampman Professor Battle English Composition 112 20 July 2016 The Oppressed Women of Trifles and The Doll House The dramas Trifles by Susan Glaspell and The Doll House by Henrik Ibsen were written in the late 19th to early 20th Century; a genre representative of socially constructed norms associated to gender roles. During this era economic, political, cultural and social rights encompass male dominance. Female oppression was commonplace; society based a woman’s worth on motherhood and marriage....   [tags: Gender, Gender role, Woman, Heteronormativity]

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A Jury of Her Peers, by Susan Glaspell

- In Susan Glaspell’s “A Jury of Her Peers”, female characters face inequality in a society dominated by the opinions of their husbands. The women struggle to decide where their loyalty rests and the fate of a fellow woman. Aided by memories and their own lifestyles the women realize their ties to a woman held for murder, Minnie Foster Wright. Through a sympathetic connection these women, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters have greater loyalty to a fellow woman than to their husbands and even the law; this greater loyalty ultimately shows the inequality between genders....   [tags: A Jury of Her Peers Essays]

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A Doll 's House By Susan Glaspell

- In the eighteenth and nineteenth century, women weren’t given any voice. Their lives began with fathers making them feel powerless, and lead to their husbands treating them with the same principles. Gender roles were an important aspect and major issue of this time, women wanted a different life. “A Doll’s House” By Henrik Ibsen and “Trifles” By Susan Glaspell show great detail of how the female characters were treated powerless by the men in their life. Women in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries were powerless....   [tags: Gender role, Gender, Marriage, Wife]

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Literary Review: "Trifles"

- Protection must be guarded, justice must be served and relationships must be scared. In “Trifles”, Susan Glaspell approaches all three. By utilizing the conflict of law and justice, she explores the social struggle between man and woman as well as the separation between public and private affairs. Each aspect is developed completely in the work and help evaluate the discrepancies throughout the story. Forced to deal with a dramatic murder, a group of individuals face a complicated situation. The news of a murder brings in Mr....   [tags: Literary Review]

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The Story Of An Hour And The Yellow Wallpaper, And Trifles

- Over the years, the roles of women have drastically changed. They have been trapped, dominated, and enslaved by their marriage. Women have slowly evolved into individuals that have rights and can stand on their own. They myth that women are only meant to be housewives has been changed. However, this change did not happen overnight, it took years to happen. The patriarchal society ruled in every household in earlier times and I believe had a major effect on the wives of the families. “The Story of an Hour”, “The Yellow Wallpaper”, and Trifles all show how women felt obligated to stay with their husbands despite the fact they were unhappy with them To explore, we will compare how the effect on...   [tags: Feminism, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Family, Woman]

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Susan Glaspell 's Her Peers

- In the early 20th century gender expectations and feminism was different. When trifles was written, it was a period when women had no respect, were inferior, and were put in domestic roles. Women did not have power, until World War One where they were put into industrial roles. Although, the women 's movement was changing things, it did not occur until later on. In the book, Trifles also called Jury of Her Peers, Susan Glaspell incorporated the vast differences of both genders in society in her short story....   [tags: Gender role, Gender, Feminism, Short story]

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Trifles by Susan Glaspel

- When a person goes through a traumatizing event in their life, they either to choose to accept and move on from the experience or cope with the experience in a negative way. In “Trifles,” by Susan Glaspel, Mrs. Wright deals with the death of her pet bird by what we can gather in the text, by killing her Mr. Wright. In “Trifles” even though the males are dominant in this society, they are the fools to the female characters in the story, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters. The fools that are consistent in the story are the males: sheriff, county attorney, and Hale....   [tags: story and character analysis]

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Trifles by Susan Glaspel

- When a person goes through a traumatizing event in his or her life, he or she can either choose to accept what happened and move on from the experience positively or cope in a negative way. In “Trifles,” by Susan Glaspel, Mrs. Wright deals with the death of her pet bird, by what we can gather from the text, by killing her husband. Mr. Wright. In “Trifles” even though males are dominant in the society, the female characters in the story, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters, view them as fools. The fools that drive the story are three males: the sheriff, county attorney, and Hale....   [tags: story and character analysis]

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A Doll House By Henrik Ibsen And Trifles

- “A Doll House” by Henrik Ibsen and “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell seems to have a lot in common. The two wives, Nora and Mrs. Hale, have both did some wrong things, but for different reasons and they are not the type of things a person would think of. These two women had a lot on their hands and had some quick choices to make that easily affected their loved ones. Both Nora and Mrs. Hale committed crimes, but like their titles the plays seem so simple, yet they represent complicated conflict between comprehension and behavior....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Norway, Husband]

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Analysis Of Haussmann 's Paris, And Susan Glaspell

- Throughout changing times of Caillebotte in Haussmann’s Paris, and Susan Glaspell in 1920’s America, men displayed a condescending and controlling attitude toward women. Caillebotte, through a side by side viewing of Interior and Man at His Window, demonstrates how men are more free and in control of their surroundings than the women they are near. Glaspell illustrates the condescending attitudes of men towards the “trifles” women fuss about, even though these trifles make the women more attentive to the evidence the men cannot understand....   [tags: Woman, Gender, Black-and-white films]

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Treatment of Women in Hamlet and Trifles

- Treatment of Women in Hamlet and Trifles Of all Shakespeare’s thirty-seven plays, perhaps the best known and loved is Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. Many people think that it is unforgettable because of its poetic language and style. But, while these are factors that mark the play as a classic, it remains timeless because it explores many of the issues that are still important to people today. These issues, including loyalty to family and country, protecting loved ones, and deception are still prevalent around the world, and are especially prominent in the United States government....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]

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An Analysis Of Susan Glaspell 's ' The ' Of A Caged Canary '

- Born in 1867, Susan Glaspell was raised in rural Davenport, Iowa during a time where young ladies were expected to marry and raise a family. Glaspell never conformed to this expectation; instead graduating from Duke University, becoming a reporter for Des Moines Daily News, and becoming a successful author and playwright. During her years as a reporter, she covered the story of Margaret Hossock, a farm wife in Iowa accused of murdering her husband. This would later serve as her inspiration for Trifles....   [tags: Woman, Marriage, Wife, Husband]

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Trifle by Susan Glaspell

- Women have lived for generations being treated as nothing more than simple-minded creatures who were able to do little more than take care of their husbands and maintain a home, but that idea is dangerous. The years of abusing women by withholding their rights, belittling them, and keeping them in the home was sometimes detrimental to not only the female sex, but to the males sex as well. Susan Glaspell is the author of the short play “Trifle” , in which Mrs. Wright, the housewife of a local farmer, is being investigated for the murder of her husband....   [tags: women's rights, murder, sexist]

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Trifles

- Trifles, written by Susan Glaspell, is a real life murder case that uses symbolism to help solve a mystery. Glaspell's use of dialect, set on a midwestern farm, emphasizes the town's gender-separated society. Isolationism, a quilt, and incomplete house work are the three key symbols in the play the help the reader figure out who murdered Mrs. Wright's husband. First of all, isolationism is an important clue in the murder case. Mrs. Wright's farmhouse is located in a hollow, down in the woods, which puts her in a secluded place....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Trifles

- Little Trifles Add Up to a Big Case Detectives are always looking for little pieces of evidence when investigating a crime. After all, it is this evidence that can turn a trial around, whether be it for the good or bad. This is especially the case in Susan Glaspell's Trifles. When Mrs. Hale comes across little pieces of evidence, she passes them off as being "trifles", hiding them from the detective. She is the sole reason that very little evidence is collected that would convict Mrs....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Women 's Rights Movement By Susan Glaspell

- Throughout this semester, we have come upon two playwrights and one novel, and even though they have different plots, they live a life where society is patriarchy. Back in the day, literature had feminists writers who believed society should be patriarchy and not equally. Women had no rights back then until the 1840’s. They were not allowed to write. Until, the “Women’s Rights Movement” was passed, and women became writers from many different races and published hundreds of novels, short stories, playwrights, and essays....   [tags: Oedipus, Jocasta, Oedipus the King, Woman]

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Trifles

- Trifles Trifles, written in the early 1900’s by Susan Glaspell, is a one-act play illustrating how women can overreact to their own emotions, allowing these emotions to cloud their judgment. This is shown by describing the feelings of two women who are willing to defend a suspect, blame the victim, and go so far as to hide evidence, to protect another woman from being charged with murdering her husband. Mrs. Wright is the suspect in the murder of her husband, who was strangled in his sleep, found with the rope still around his neck....   [tags: essays papers]

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The Role Of Gender Differences About Perceptions Of Duty, Law, And Justice

- Susan Glaspell 's Trifles is a play about the effect of gender differences about perceptions of duty, law, and justice. Trifles was a production about feminist drama, which took place in the 1900’s written by a Susan Glaspell (1876-1948). Glaspell attended Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa where she then graduated with a pH. D. in philosophy. She became a journalist in the Des Moines Daily News where she reported the murder case of John Hossack. The story concluded a man murdered by his wife, whereas she was convicted but overturned on appeal....   [tags: Marriage, Gender, Wife, Trifles]

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Silent Justice in a Different Key: Suzy Clarkson Holstein´s Trifles

- I. Article Summary: Suzy Clarkson Holstein's article, “Silent Justice in a Different Key: Glaspell's 'Trifles'” evaluates the play Trifles and how the difference between the men in the play mirror how a woman's perspective is very different from a man's. Trifles is about two women, Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale, who show up at a house with their husbands and the county attorney to investigate a murder. The entire time the men are looking for evidence to implicate the accused wife, Minnie Wright, of killing her husband....   [tags: article analysis, women]

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A Jury of Her Peers by Susan Glaspell

- "A Jury of her Peers" was written by Susan Glaspell in 1917. This short story is entertaining but also tells the story of women in the early twentieth century. Ms Glaspell give you an idea about the hardships that women had to deal with, such as loneliness, lack of beauty, physical labor, and living in a male dominated society. The characters consist of two couples and a lawyer. The men are trying to convict Minnie Foster of murdering her husband while he was sleeping. The story takes place in Minnie's house....   [tags: A Jury of Her Peers Essays]

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Susan Glaspell's A Jury of Her Peers

- Susan Glaspell's A Jury of Her Peers The North wind is blowing in Dickson County on this cold, March morning, and in Susan Glaspell’s, “A Jury of Her Peers,” murder bring together a group of men and two women, with two separate agendas. The men’s group who includes: Mr. Hale; a witness, Mr. Peters; the sheriff, and Mr. Henderson; the county attorney are persistent in finding evidence to ensure a conviction of Minnie (Foster) Wright; wife of the victim, John Wright. However, the two women: Mrs....   [tags: A Jury of Her Peers Essays]

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Symbols and the Struggles of Women

- A woman strangled her husband to death. Another woman died due to extreme happiness after she was told her husband passed away in an accident. “Trifles” and “The Story of an Hour” are the two short stories associated with these plots. The two texts are perplexing which is why they use symbols. Both stories use objects figuratively to reveal a hidden story that contributes to the theme which is pain and loneliness may provoke a person to act in selfish ways. Symbols can display the characters feelings towards one another and the major conflict of the text....   [tags: Trifles, The Story of an Hour]

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Gender Inequality Throughout The World, By Susan Glaspell, And M. Butterfly

- Gender roles have withstood the test of time and equality throughout the world, and only recently has society made advancements towards gender equality. Undoubtedly, this modern progression in equality can be partially attributed to canon literature which broadens a reader’s perspective and challenges them to think critically. Such as the plays “Trifles”, written by Susan Glaspell, and “M. Butterfly”, written by David Henry Hwang, which address gender inequality through dramatic portrayals. Moreover, when compared and contrasted, “Trifles” and “M....   [tags: Gender, Woman, Masculinity, Male]

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Susan Glaspell 's An American Pulitzer Prize Winning Playwright

- Trifle which means a thing of little value or importance was a play written by Susan Glaspell, an American Pulitzer prize winning playwright, actress, novelist, and journalist in 1916. Trifles depicted the plight and struggles of women during the early part of the 19th century. Women during this time didn’t have many if not any rights. Their only purpose was to serve men, marry them and bear their children. They were basically the new slaves of the century who were robbed of their self-esteem and self-respect....   [tags: Women's suffrage, Elizabeth Cady Stanton]

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Analysis Of The Book ' Trifle ' And Susan Glaspell 's Trifle

- In Brian Sutton’s article, it summarizes the similarities in Marie de France “Laustic” and Susan Glaspell “Trifle.” “Laustic” derived from medieval literature around the twelfth century. This story mostly seen in the Norton Anthology of Western Literature. The short play “Trifle,” is birthed around the twentieth-century during the women’s right movement. Although both works come from different parts of literature, their theme reflects each other. When comparing their works, they both depict that wives have been oppressed and devalued by their husbands....   [tags: Woman, Wife, Marriage, Husband]

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Analysis Of The Play ' Trifles ' You See It Is The Men Against The Women '

- “Ah, loyal to your sex, I see” (1389) when these words are said by the character George Henderson in the play “Trifles” you see it is the men against the women. The play, written by Susan Glaspell, published in 1916, was based on a murder trial; she was following when she was a reporter in Iowa. The play is about a murder of a man by his wife on a small farm; the catch is the motive and how it was done. Why did she do it. This who done it shows the way the women think and act; also you see the way the men treat the women in the 1900’s....   [tags: Woman, Gender, Female, Acts of the Apostles]

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Susan Glaspell's Battle Against Sexism with Feminist Drama

- Susan Glaspell's Battle Against Sexism with Feminist Drama Susan Glaspell wrote in a time when women were supposed to be submissive to the men of the society, especially their husbands. She bucked the system and fought traditional gender roles with her plays, short stories and essays. Susan Glaspell was born in 1882 in Davenport, Iowa. She led a rather uneventful childhood. She attended Drake University in Des Moines where she received her Ph.D. in Philosophy. Before becoming an author, she was a reporter for the Des Moines Daily News....   [tags: Papers]

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Susan Glaspell's A Jury of Her Peers

- Men always have the tendency to judge too quickly. In “A Jury of Her Peers”, by Susan Glaspell, Mrs. Hale, Mrs. Peters, and Minnie Foster and Mr. Henderson are attempting to look for the motive of Minnie killing her husband. The story starts by Mr. Peters informing the group, except for Minnie, while she waits in jail, that when he stopped by the day before to give Mr. Wright a telephone because the couple lived really removed from the rest of the town, he asked Minnie where Mr. Wright was and she calmly answered that he had been hung the night before....   [tags: literary and character analysis]

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A Comparison of Feminism in Trifles and A Jury of Her Peers

- Feminism in Trifles and A Jury of Her Peers       As a strong feminist, Susan Glaspell wrote “Trifles” and then translated it to a story called “A Jury of Her Peers.”  These works express Glaspell’s view of the way women were treated at the turn of the century.  Even though Glaspell is an acclaimed feminist, her story does not contain the traditional feminist views of equal rights for both sexes.      The short story and the play written by Susan Glaspell are very much alike.  The story takes place in an old country town in the early 1900’s.  Mr....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Comparing Suppression of Women in Feminine Mystique, Radicalesbians, and Trifles

- Suppression of Women through Isolation in The Feminine Mystique, Radicalesbians, and Trifles It is far easier to break the spirit of one human being than that of a united group of people. Betty Friedan’s "The Feminine Mystique", "Radicalesbians", and Susan Glaspell’s "Trifles" come to the same conclusion: isolation and separation caused women to be vulnerable to domination by male society. Social stigmatization by men, an inability to describe the situation, and a lack of personal identity kept women apart from one another....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]

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Timeless Aspects of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark and Trifles

- Timeless Aspects of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark and Trifles William Shakespeare is considered the greatest playwright, if not the greatest writer in the history of literature. His criticisms of society in his works have passed the “test of time,” and still are as significant today as they were when they were first written. There are many similarities in Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare, and Trifles by Susan Glaspell, written in the early 20th century, that further support the timelessness of Shakespeare’s works....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]

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