An Analysis Of Susan Glaspell 's ' Trifles ' Essay

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Glaspell, Susan. Trifles. The Norton Anthology of American Literature. Shorter 6th ed. Ed. NinaBaym. New York: W.W. Norton & Company
The play “Trifles” was written by Susan Glaspell in 1916. “Trifles” is the symbolism in conveying the Feminist Perspective. “Trifles”, explores the fact that women proceed to solve the case precisely by looking at the minor details. This play takes place in one house, the house of Mr. and Mrs. Wright. The play opens with three men and two women entering the Wright’s abandoned house. These people are at this house to investigate what happened in the murder of Mr. Wright. Mrs. Wright has been taken to prison and is thought to be guilty of the murder. Among the three men are one of Mr. Wright’s neighbors, Mr. Hale, the Sheriff, and the County Attorney. Mr. Hale’s wife is one of the women present, and also the Sheriff’s wife, Mrs. Peters.
In the play, the men treat the women as if they are mindless worthless puppets whose only role is to serve them. But instead, the female characters find the body of a canary, which had its neck wrung, killed in the same way as the deceased (John Wright), thus leading them to the conclusion that Mrs. Wright was the murderer.
The play criticizes this manner of speaking to women by showing that the „trifles‟ that the women are worrying about actually solves the case and not the wit of trained gentlemen.
The male characters are regarded as intellectually superior to their wives,…

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