Susan Glaspell: A Murder Case: Trifles

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Trifles was a murder case that explore power between the sexes, and relationships. Then men were searching around the farmhouse for clues or evidence but the woman were the one who was founding the evidence in the wife cooking but the men was paying no attention and ignored the woman and they were blind of the truth. Susan Glaspell is a reporter that’s works for Des Moines News. She covered a murder cased of this farmer’s wife. Her name was Margaret Hossack, she was accused of killing her husband who name was john. He died in his sleep while she hit him twice in the head with an axe. At first when it was reported they said that there were burglars that came in the house and murder the farmer. But there was a sheriff that found
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The men were like the hard workers and the brains of everything and the women were to stay inside the house and take care of the kids, clean the house and, to cook the meals. The house wife’s. The women’s during the time did not have jobs. Their responsibility was to take care of the house hold. If the women was to ever speak of give her opinion about anything, they are disrespecting the men. The men was doing everything for the family. They went to work and done whatever they had to do to bring money home to support their family. The husband expected so much from there wife’s. The women had to listen to their husband and not to interrupt them. .They want good food and served at the right time and a spotless house. The wife’s/women were just not equal to the men. The story /act was based on the communication. The men were not to listen to the women. The men were doing what they thought was right. But the whole time the women were more as a detective then the men were. They were founding more important clues in the investigation. They were the ones that were getting close to the murder of Mr. Wright then the men. It just the husbands did not want to listen to the wife’s and if it they did then would had solved it …show more content…
Regardless of solving the murder case ‘’trifles’’ shows the conflict between the genders. The women and men were separated in the act. During the investigation the men are focusing on the crime but not focusing if perhaps Mrs. Wright was not happy in the marriage. But the three men didn’t not care how Mrs. Wright was feeling. They solely base her off of cook, clean, and keeping her husband happy. That’s how the women were treated back then. Susan portrays the men as down to business and they were powerful. The husband speak down on the women. What I found ironic was when I read the ending is when I felt the twinge when the wife’s told the husbands that Mrs. Wright had decide to knot it when they were talking about the quilt. The men were saying slick comments about whether Mrs. Wright was going to quit or knot it. Then the act end and Mrs. Wright was going to knot it because that’s the only thing she knew how to do. Glaspell also use variety of symbols in the play. The bird cage was one of them. Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters found it empty. An empty cage was a represent of Mrs. Wright being free and not lock in

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