Susan Glaspell 's `` Trifles `` Essay

1338 Words Oct 17th, 2015 6 Pages
Class distinctions, specifically gender differences, are ceaseless throughout history and continue to prevail in modern day society. In the twentieth-century play, “Trifles,” Susan Glaspell focuses her discontent with society on the impeding condescension the women of her play are exposed to. The overall play possesses a feminist connotation in which the protagonist women attempt to detach themselves from the false male-imposed identity they are given by unintentionally solving a crime. The men of the play are oblivious to the intellect and expertise of the women and are therefore unable to solve said crime. It can be argued that Glaspell suggests that gender inequality enables overall class distinction by implementing foreshadowing, irony, and symbolism throughout the play. Using foreshadowing, Glaspell creates an atmosphere of tension – one full of class distinctions due to gender inequality. By the opening scene taking place in the Wright’s farmhouse kitchen instead of the bedroom (which is the actual crime scene), Glaspell suggests that the play will be more focused on the societal adversities that the women face as opposed to the actual murder. In addition, the opening scene reveals crucial personality traits of the women protagonists, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters. Mrs. Hale is described as being “disturbed” (909) and she “looks fearfully about as she enters [the farmhouse].” (909) Similarly, Mrs. Peters is presented as “nervous” (909); the two women gather closely behind…

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