Essay on Trifles : Susan Glaspell 's ' Trifles '

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Trifles Theme
In the play Trifles by Susan Glaspell, the issues of gender inequality are expressed in various ways. In the play when the characters are being introduced, the men are acknowledged by their first and last name. However, the women in the story do not go by their first names and only the last names of their husbands. The names of the women are never even known. The only time a woman is mentioned by her first name is when Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters address Mrs. Wright by her first names, Minnie. Even though the women are basically the protagonists of the story, there 's not much information about them besides the fact that they are their husbands wives. When the men refer to the women in the play they just call them the ladies. When the county attorney, George Henderson speaks, he says, “And yet, for all their worries, what would we do without the ladies?” (Pg. #). Though it may not seem like a big deal, it demonstrates how women are just viewed as property of men. Another example of gender in the play is the men’s assumption that their wives are too small-minded to get the big picture of the murder, and to worry about the investigation at hand. However, while the men go through the house for clues, they skip over important details. The women don’t miss a thing. An example of this is the quilt that Minnie was putting together. They were wondering if she was going to quilt it or knot it. When the men hear them discussing it, they interject in the conversation…

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