Feminist Analysis Of ' Trifles ' Essay

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Feminist Analysis of “Trifles” Set around the scene of a murder, Susan Glaspell’s twentieth century play “Trifles” is an early feminist drama that explores the gender roles set in place by society, especially in the time period written. The plot revolves around the case of a women, Mrs. Wright, who has killed her husband, John Wright. While male characters are trying to find motive behind the murder, it is actually their wives, who are belittled throughout the play, that solve the case but ultimately keep the truth to themselves. Although undermined and oppressed by the male characters and society, these women managed to solve the case while their male counterparts were unsuccessful. Feminist criticism is a literary approach that applies to most plays or works of literature. It is concerned with the ways that “literature reinforces or undermines the economic, political, social and psychological oppression of women” (Tyson 84). This kind of criticism ties in heavily with a historical approach to a play as well, seeing to how gender roles are set and interpreted and how they can change during different time periods in history. In “Trifles”, this is especially prevalent as it was written in the early 1900’s and its main focus is the gender roles its characters played and were in play during that era. The play itself was inspired by a true life event encountered a couple of years earlier by Glaspell when she was working as a news journalist. But even in this early modern…

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