Trifles By Susan Glaspell Analysis

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“Trifles”, by Susan Glaspell, demonstrates how the female characters feel suffocated by the male characters carrying out their suppressive gender stereotypes. Glaspell uses latent symbolism as well as extensive character development to help the reader visualize and interpret the divide between the genders. The play is set in the early nineteen hundreds around a time when women were still not equal to men, which is why the main character, Minnie Wright, is idolized by the other women in the play even though she is never directly present.
Throughout the entirety of the play the men and the women were never together, they always divide themselves by gender while looking for clues. The women stumble upon the broken jars of fruit preserve and regard it as an important clue. Mr. Hale responds to their findings by hissing “Well, women are used to worrying over trifles.” (95) Mr. Hale’s comment carries a negative connotation considering he was implying that the women are unable to make valid and relevant forth comings in the investigation as well as lack the intellectual level to be able to focus on the task at hand. He also lightly suggests to the other men that they should excuse the women’s ignorance because in fact, they are only women. Mr. Hale may have gently admonished the women’s findings, however to the men he was suggesting a negative attitude towards the women. Amid the investigation the men
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The women in the in the play were able to prove that they had a higher mental capacity to the men even though the men still kept their feminist views. Minnie was able to verify her bravery to the women and show that they do not have to take this oppression from the men in their lives, and the women are able to feel content since they tried to preserve Minnie’s

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