Susan Glaspell 's ' Trifles ' Essay

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“Trifles” Reading Response Essay In Susan Glaspell’s play, “Trifles”, there are many social concepts that the author asks her audience to understand and consider. Elements that were considered while reading and analyzing the play were symbolism, the men’s social and psychological detachment towards womanhood, the deficiency of equality towards women and also the lack of proper and necessary communication between the characters in the play. All of these concepts connect to human experience because inequality between men and women is something we still see today, even if it is something as simple as men getting paid more than women, even if they have the same job. The symbolism, setting of the play, and the character’s behavior develop the framework for this peculiar murder case that took place in the 1900s. One very important item that was symbolized in the play was the canning jars of fruit. The canning jars of fruit represent Minnie’s concern about her role she plays as a wife and all of her household responsibilities that is expected of her. This is the product of the stress society has placed on her as a woman and wife, instructing her to worry and fear the judgment of men if she does not adequately achieve and satisfy her role that is expected. This is clearly justified when the men reprimand her housekeeping skills while also poking fun and laughing at the other women’s concern over trifles. Minnie is worried that the canning jars will break and her hard work will…

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