Male Dominance In Susan Glaspell's Trifles

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Mark Twain, in 1888, stated that “both marriage and death ought to be welcome: the one promises happiness, doubtless the other assures it.” Under the law during this time period, marriage was considered a completely different institution than what state it is known to be today. To have a marriage with several of the same controlling aspects during this day and age would be described as abusive. In Susan Glaspell’s play, Trifles, Glaspell demonstrates male dominance, female oppression as well as female insubordination during the early 1900’s effectively by revealing the unhealthy nature of the male and female character’s relationship. For instance, Glaspell showcases male dominance through the terminated relationship of Mr. and Mrs. Wright

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