Feminist Analysis Of Trifles By Suzan Glaspell

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"Trifles ' is a literary play by Suzan Glaspell written in 1916 and it was inspired by real life events that surrounded a murder case she had covered as a young reporter in Iowa. At the beginning of the play, five characters enter into Wright’s house, and it appears that Mr.Wright has been murdered using a rope in the middle of the night while he was asleep. The five characters included the county attorney, the sheriff and his wife and two Wright’s household neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Hale. (Glaspell 18). The county attorney then leads males only upstairs where they search the crime scene in an attempt to find out the killer’s motive. However, a closer analysis of different scenarios covered in the play shows the society as patriarchal since …show more content…
Also, when the county attorney took the group of men only upstairs where the crime took a place and women were left downstairs in the kitchen and nobody of them showed any kind of protest or objection. Also, The county attorney had talked about the poor state of the house, which became the women’s discussion subject when men went upstairs. On the other hand, the women praised Mrs. Wright for the way she had kept the house condition through her excellent housekeeping skills (Irigaray 815). In addition, the women express their concern that the county attorney’s remarks negatively affect the bereaved wife’s emotional …show more content…
The author exonerates the fears and problems under which the women live in the face of patriarchy. When the men descended from upstairs, the women hid the dead bird and stopped their conversation shortly, an indication that the patriarchal force had rendered them voiceless, and their concerns considered peripheral. At one point, Mrs. Peter remarks Mrs. Wright “had a hard man," for anyone to pass the day with, citing that this could be the reason for keeping a pet bird (Clarkson 284). Due to male dominance, the women had remained at the peripherals and isolated, and their lives became “devalued and

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