The Use Of Metaphors In Susan Glaspell's Trifles

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Metaphors are figures of speech that bring comparison or analogies between two things that are considered to lack similarity. It brings in the visual description of what is being described. For instance in Sylvia Path’s poem “Metaphors”, the writer brings out the visual description of a pregnant woman using an elephant. The size of a pregnant woman is huge hence the comparison with an elephant which is also huge though a woman and an elephant are different in many ways like an elephant is an animal with a trunk but a woman is a human being with no trunk. Susan Glaspell’s use of the word Trifles as a metaphor contributes to and illustrates theme, tone and characterization in the play in the approach described below.
The word Trifles is a metaphor used as the title of the play by Susan Glaspell to show the insignificant role played by women in the early twentieth century. “Well, women are used to worrying over trifles” (Glaspell 982). This
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The tone in “Trifle” is very dull because there is a case of murder, a dead bird, a dirty and dis-organized kitchen showing incomplete work and unappreciated women. The description of the scene gives the audience an imagination of what kind of a play this is going to be. The abandoned farmhouse, gloomy kitchen with no order, unpainted table, uncut rained window and unwashed pans all bring out the gloomy attitude in the play. “Dirty towels! Not much of a housekeeper, would you say, ladies” (982). The dirty towels are blamed on lack of responsibility by the woman of the house who is now a suspect of murdering her husband, which could land her in jail. The small things of disorder in this play bring out the role of the metaphor “Trifle” which later shows the significance of the disorder of the house to the larger picture of the sadness caused by murder which is not a small issue compared to the house dirt and

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