Treatment Of Women In Susan Glaspell's Trifles

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Since the beginning of time women had to fight to get acceptance in society and prove that they could handle own amongst men. Women deserve the same treatment as men do and women are capable of doing the same exact things that a man can do. Susan Glaspell “Trifles” shines a light on the treatment of women and how they’re not treated equally as men are. Trifles simply mean of little importance or value. Men viewed their wives as a trifle and that they were only good for being a housewife. The treatment of women in Susan Glaspell “Trifles” evidently shows that Mrs. Wright killed her husband and Glaspell uses symbolism, setting and irony to convey the readers of this. The setting of the play was mainly in the kitchen of Mr. and Mrs. Wright farmhouse …show more content…
Hale and Mrs.Peter’s went to collect some items for Mrs. Wright while she was in jail. While they were in the kitchen collecting things Mrs.Peter’s stumble upon a cage for a bird and she said “why here’s a bird cage…There was a man around last year selling canaries but I don’t know as she took one”(Glaspell. Line 105-106). The bird cage represented the power that Mr. Wright had over Mrs. Wright while they were married. Mrs. Hale stated Mrs. Wright use to sing and be happy before she lost her own identity when she married her husband. Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale also found a dead canary and a terrible knitted quilt in a box. The dead canary was inessential to Mr. Wright because he only wanted his wife to focus on the things that were important like him and the up keep of house. That’s the reason why he killed the bird and rung its neck and when he did that he also killed the little joy and spirit that Mrs. Wright had left in her. Mr. Wright killing the bird was the final straw for Mrs. Wright (in addition to being abused by her husband and being stripped of her independence). Mrs. Wright put some poison in the preserves so that when he did eat some of it he would …show more content…
Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters begin to have a discussion on why the quilt was poorly knitted “(Mrs. hale was fixing the bad knitting) “what do you suppose she was so nervous about?.....I Don’t know, but I sometimes sew awful queer when I’m just tired”(Glaspell.Line.103-104). After Mrs. Wright knew that her husband was died she filled guilt about what she did. When it came down to doing the simplest thing like knitting (which she did every day) it became hard for to do it because she was so nervous about the aftermath of what she did. Finally the rope, the rope around Mr. Wright neck symbolized payback and Mrs. Wright freedom. It symbolizes payback because he killed her canary and that was the only thing that she had left that made her happy like was she before she got married to Mr. Wright. The canary and Mrs. Wright were similar in many different aspects. Both the canary and Mrs. Wright could sing and lively. Before Mrs. Wright got married, she use to sing the town choir, she stop singing due to the fact that her husband wanted her to his self and that he viewed singing in the choir being inessential to what her duties were as a

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