Essay on An Analysis Of Susan Glaspell 's Trifles

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The early 1900’s were dramatically different from the current time period. World War I was held on a large scale at the time, but there was a more domestic issue at hand--the role of a woman. In her play Trifles, Susan Glaspell writes in relation to the current issue around her own everyday life. The role of a woman is told through a captivating story and a profound setting that is used to draw in her audience from the start. Glaspell focuses on the setting to reveal her story by applying character work, theme, and symbolism. Glaspell writes in the style of local culture and she uses her characters to portray the time period. To begin the play, the County Attorney, George Henderson, beckons the two women over to join him and the other men by the fire. Henderson starts the play by saying, “Come up to the fire, ladies” (Glaspell 72). While this may seem to be a polite gesture, the audience soon discovers Henderson to reveal a sexist attitude. Meanwhile, the men are discussing a case that they believe to be the murder of a man named, John Wright. As the men are contemplating the information they have been given for the investigation, the women have been slightly neglected. This act of insouciance reveals to the audience that the women do not participate in most situations under the men’s supervision. In addition, Henderson goes on to insult the ladies by saying, “Not much of a housekeeper, would you say ladies?” (Glaspell 76). Glaspell has illustrated that George Henderson…

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