Understanding the Feminism in Susan Glaspell's Trifles Essay
Looking further into the context of “Trifles,” it was clear that the …show more content…
With the knowledge of the time in which Glaspell lived, I searched for a narrower time frame for the play and found that “Trifles” was published in 1916. In addition, I also found that the play was based on a crime Glaspell had covered for “The Des Moines Daily News” in Iowa (Smith). Dinitia Smith, of The New York Times, wrote an article detailing the life of Susan Glaspell. Smith states in her article that “Trifles’ remains Glaspell’s signature work, studied today in colleges and law schools as an example of gender bias.” This comment helped to strengthen my belief that the theme, or lesson, in “Trifles” was intended to illustrate sexist misconceptions and gender bias in the era that she lived.
Since “Trifles” was based on an actual event, I decided to research the life of the author a little more. I felt that grasping a better understanding of Glaspell, her writing style, and how she thought would bring me to a stronger understanding of her writing. Through my research I found many essays and articles that explained others reactions and thoughts on “Trifles”