Trifles, By Susan Glaspell Essay

1175 Words Sep 13th, 2014 5 Pages
“Trifles”, by Susan Glaspell, demonstrates how the female characters feel suffocated by the male characters carrying out their suppressive gender stereotypes. Glaspell uses latent symbolism as well as extensive character development to help the reader visualize and interpret the divide between the genders. The play is set in the early nineteen hundreds around a time when women were still not equal to men, which is why the main character, Minnie Wright, is idolized by the other women in the play even though she is never directly present.
Throughout the entirety of the play the men and the women were never together, they always divide themselves by gender while looking for clues. The women stumble upon the broken jars of fruit preserve and regard it as an important clue. Mr. Hale responds to their findings by hissing “Well, women are used to worrying over trifles.” (95) Mr. Hale’s comment carries a negative connotation considering he was implying that the women are unable to make valid and relevant forth comings in the investigation as well as lack the intellectual level to be able to focus on the task at hand. He also lightly suggests to the other men that they should excuse the women’s ignorance because in fact, they are only women. Mr. Hale may have gently admonished the women’s findings, however to the men he was suggesting a negative attitude towards the women. Amid the investigation the men hypothesize that the women are not being much help and try to look for clue on…

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