Susan Glaspell 's ' The Crucible ' Essay

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Susan Glaspell’s best known drama Trifles is a one act play concerning a murder investigation. This play takes place at the Wright’s farmhouse, while the characters draw clues pertaining to Mr. Wright’s death. As the men go about their business, it is the two women characters who discover the nature of the crime. A significant theme in Trifles is feminism, or women’s equity. The protagonist, Mrs. Hale, plays an important role in supporting the theme of feminism throughout this play. She is able to stand up for herself and other women, particularly Mrs. Wright, playing a major role in concealing the evidence of the crime. Mrs. Hale is a strong willed, empathetic woman whose character remains static throughout the entire play. Mrs. Hale is the wife of Lewis Hale, the witness to the aftermath of Mr. Wright’s death. When they show up to Minnie Wright’s house to investigate, the County Attorney belittles the women and makes comments on the state of the kitchen. When the County Attorney says, “Dirty towels! Not much of a housekeeper, would you say, ladies(31)?” Mrs. Hale is quick to defend herself and Mrs. Wright. Being a farm wife, she argues that there’s a great deal of work to be done on a farm. She replies, “Those towels get dirty awful quick. Men’s hands aren’t always as clean as they might be (34).” Mrs. Hale is strong willed because she is able to stand up for herself, as well as other women. She isn’t afraid to stand up against men of authority, and defends Mrs. Wright…

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