Dramatic Irony In Trifles By Susan Glaspell

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In Trifles by Susan Glaspell, Glaspell uses irony to help convey the disconnect between men and women in society, and men’s choice of obliviousness towards women at the time this play was written. For example, Mr. Hale said that “women are used to worrying over trifles.” (Page 303). However, these so called trifles, such as the quilt and the fruit, end up being key evidence towards Mrs. Wright’s guilt and motive that the men in the play are oblivious towards. Another example would be at the end of the play, when the County Attorney jokes that “at least we found out that she was not going to quilt it,” then asks the ladies what they called the technique that Mrs. Wright used, to which the replied she was going to “knot it” in the final line.
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