Trifles, By Susan Glaspell Essay

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Women in the 1900s were treated unequally by men, especially their husbands. More specifically, wives were expected to remain home and tend to household duties. The play, Trifles, by Susan Glaspell, highlights some of the preeminent inequalities between husbands and wives. According to the Merriam-Webster website, the definition of a “trifle” is, “something that does not have much value or importance.” Furthermore, the title allows us to infer that the play is going to deal with women being seen as frivolous and irrelevant. Trifles is about a wife, Minnie Wright, who is accused of murdering her husband, John Wright. Three men investigate the entire house, while two women investigate the kitchen. The inequalities between genders drives the conflict in the play and reveals how two women collectively decide to stand up against these inequalities. The kitchen is the first inequality among sexes that is introduced to us in the play. The Court Attorney, George Henderson, the Sheriff, Henry Peters, and a neighboring farmer, Lewis Hale, begin their investigation in the kitchen. While the men are in the kitchen, they criticize Mrs. Wright’s homemaking abilities. For example, George Henderson exclaims, “Dirty towels! Not much of a housekeeper, would you say, ladies?” (Kirszner and Mandell 1128). Mr. Henderson was being disrespectful towards Mrs. Wright and there’s nothing the women can do about it. In other words, the kitchen was seen as the women’s domain and the men were…

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