Women 's Roles By Susan Glaspell, William Faulkner, And The Story Of An Hour

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Women’s Roles in Society
Over the centuries, it has been accepted to be a societal norm for men to be the financial providers and women to tend to the domestic chores of the household. This view of the family has been expected by society which sets the rules of behavior which are considered acceptable. This concept of traditional gender roles envelopes the literary works by Susan Glaspell, William Faulkner, and Kate Chopin as their works focus on the roles of woman within the home. In their works, “Trifles,” “A Rose for Emily,” and “The Story of an Hour,” respectively, each woman portrayed is expected to adhere to societal norms of settling down and producing a family. Each woman, however, defies the customs expected of her. As each story progresses the theme of death is weaved throughout as it is portrayed in Emily Dickinson’s poem, “Because I could not stop for Death”. Each woman experiences a form of death which drastically causes them to change.
In “Trifles,” Susan Glaspell centers the story on protagonist Mrs. Minnie Wright who is under scrutiny for the murder of her husband Mr. John Wright. After a search party goes to Minnie and John’s farmhouse to piece together what happened, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters notice some peculiar oddities that were present in the kitchen. There were, “unwashed pans in the sink, a loaf of bread outside the breadbox, a dish towel on the table-other signs of incompleted work” (851). This is an indication that women were expected to keep a…

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