Essay about Trifles : Susan Glaspell 's Trifles

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The Oxford Dictionary defines “slave” as; “a person who is the legal property of another and is forced to obey them.” Women who were married in the nineteenth century legally were compelled give over all of their wealth and property to their husband, making them financially dependent on him. If a woman obtained a job during the marriage, all earnings went to the husband. Once married, it was extremely difficult, if not completely impossible, to obtain a divorce (unless it was a man divorcing his wife). If divorced, the children of the marriage legally belonged to the man and he could prevent the mother from seeing them. Husbands could legally beat their wives. Marriage in the late nineteenth century was a glorified form of slavery and oppression and some women believe that that ideal is still true today. “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell wonderfully illustrates the tension between husbands and wives during that time period and the effects of a caged marriage.
The nineteenth century brought explosive new ideals and machines to every corner of the world. This time showed extensive progress during the Industrial Era with items such as the expansion of conglomerate business, the development of large-scale agriculture, and the turnabout of labor unions. During this time, family-owned farms slowly dissipated as massive corporate-like farms cranked out food tirelessly. Women were working in factories, domestic households, etc. Marriage for women during the Industrial Era was like living…

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