Trifles And The Story Of An Hour Comparison Essay

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The play “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell and “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin both focus on their women protagonists and the desire for freedom both women have from a male dominating society. Essentially, both authors depict the longing for freedom between these women through the use of characterization, symbolism, and situational irony.

In “Trifles” Mrs. Wright had murdered her husband in order to gain her freedom from the restraints that were put on her due to her marriage. Prior to being Mrs. Minnie Wright she was Ms. Minnie Foster. Minnie Foster was a woman who was happy, lively, she sang in a local choir, and involved herself socially. However, Mrs. Wright lived in a society where women were defined by their male counterparts. After
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Wright was proactive in escaping her confinement it is depicted in “The Story of an Hour” that Louise Mallard had felt trapped for many years in her marriage, just as Mrs. Wright had, but was incapable and evasive when it came to leaving her husband. When news broke out that Mrs. Mallard’s husband had passed away she had felt the opposite of grief. In fact, she had felt joy, excitement, and became heartless over the loss. The second that Mrs. Mallard had heard of her husbands death she instantly felt freedom that she had longed for but never took the initiative to gain unlike Mrs. …show more content…
The setting of the kitchen within “Trifles” serves as a representation of the important feminist subject that women are oppressed by men; they are looked down upon when they have an opinion and are especially looked down upon for their female abilities that are made to be inferior compared to the opposite sex. Mr. Hale, a neighboring farmer, and his wife Mrs. Hale; the town sheriff, Henry Peters and his wife Mrs. Peters accompanied by the county attorney George Henderson had all made their way into the Wright’s home to look for evidence that could lead them to John Wright’s murder being solved. Throughout the play Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale had taken the time to psychologically analyze Mrs. Wright’s home and her actions she undertook before she was detained by police all while in the midst of trying to figure out what exactly had happened to her husband. However, the men: Mr. Henderson, Mr. Peters, and Mr. Hale were in search of evidence that was tangible rather than psychological. All three men insisted on criticizing the women for worrying about unimportant things when in fact these “unimportant things” led to both women solving the case. When Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale were downstairs in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Wright they had found an old, empty bird cage which confused them and brought

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