Gender Roles As Defined By Susan Glaspell Essay

2040 Words Dec 10th, 2014 9 Pages
Ashli Friesorger
ENG 122 Final Literary Analysis
11 December 2014
A Revolutionized Perspective Gender roles as defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary is the “public image of being male or female that a person presents to others.” Gender roles in literature take a big effect on a storyline or how it is portrayed. For instance Trifles, a play written by Susan Glaspell in 1916, is a story of a feminist critique of domestic abuse to demonstrate these roles between men and women in the 19th century. These sorts of rules were established by the men in the story. This is sort of like the roles provided to the mocking speaker in the story Girl by Jamaica Kincaid. It is about a single sentence of a mother’s advice to her daughter. The mother tells her daughter how to keep a house of her own by doing the women’s duties; household chores such as laundry, sewing, sweeping, cooking, and so on. Another literature example of gender roles is Sharon Old’s Last Night. It is about a woman describing her perspective during intercourse with a man. It is a very short poem that describes what making love is supposed to feel like and how she feels verses how the man makes her feel. Gender roles are a society created stereotype that if not followed, one is viewed as a stigma to the public. The synopsis of Trifles is when the play begins with the sheriff and his attorney arriving at John Wright’s house to investigate the murder. The women are noted to be acting bizarre. The other women attempt…

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