Comparing Susan Glaspell's Trifles And The Yellow Wallpaper

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“Trifles” and “The Yellow Wallpaper” are early 20th century short stories that depict women’s suppressive role in society and the belief that women should be treated as subservient and substandard to men. Authors Susan Glaspell (“Trifles”) and Charlotte Anna Gilman (“The Yellow Wallpaper”) are both known for advocating feminism in their works of literature. “Trifles” and “The Yellow Wallpaper” exploit patriarchal dominance and its effect on suppressing women’s intellectual and societal equality. In each short story, the woman protagonist is depicted as trapped in her marriage. Common themes in these stories address the dominance of men towards women which affects the physical and emotional well-being of the female characters. The authors use symbolism, similes, metaphors and dramatic irony to exemplify patriarchal dominance and its suppressive treatment of women. In the early 1900s, patriarchal dominance reigned while women's roles were confined to raising children and taking care of their households and husbands. Men …show more content…

Gilman wrote “The Yellow Wallpaper” as an autobiography after she left her husband with their infant daughter. Gilman acted and spoke up for herself and her daughter. She strived for her independence. As we see in “The Yellow Wallpaper,” the alternative clearly leads Jane into psychotic breakdown (Barth). Similarly, “Trifles” was inspired by a murder that Glaspell covered while working as a reporter for the Des Moines Daily News (“About the Author— Susan Glaspell”). In the play, Minnie Foster was once a lively young lady before marrying her husband Mr. Wright. Mrs. Hale realizes he had taken everything she once loved away from her. Mr. Wright even took away her song bird that reminded her of the days she sang in the church choir. When Mr. Wright kills her song bird, she stands up for herself and decides he deserves the same

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