Susan Glaspell 's `` Trifles `` Essays

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“While the standard polarization of human being in a crime story is normally dividing by the law abiding citizens from the criminal, the characters here are soon divided on the basis of sex differences.” (Alkalay) In Susan Glaspell’s “Trifles” Glaspell uses a murder investigation of a woman’s husband to demonstrate the different roles of men and women in the early 1900’s. Glaspell shows the reader, through small significant objects that the men think are inessential to illustrate the greater value women have other than merely taking care of a household. She illustrates through important evidence the importance of individuality, and freedom between men and women. By having the men side with the men, and having the women side with the women, in this play it reveals the split in this society. In this play Minnie Foster (Mrs. Wright) is being held for her husband’s murder while Mr. Peters (Sheriff), his wife, the county attorney, and Mr. and Mrs. Hale all look for evidence to find her motive for killing her husband. The women begin to find clues of the intent of Mr. Wright’s murder, while the men cannot find any evidence. Glaspell uses the woman’s discoveries to show that women don’t worry “over trifles”, but play a significant role in society. (Glaspell 945) The men constantly belittling the women in this time were normal. Men thought that they had real issues to deal with while the women only had to worry about simple things.
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