The plays, "Trifles" by Susan Glasspell and "A Doll 's house" by Henrick Ibsen portray the way women were treated throughout the nineteenth century using the literary tool of symbolism. In Susan Glaspell 's "Trifles" she uses the bird cage and the dead bird to present the role and life of women in marriage and society, whereas Henrik Ibsen uses the dollhouse as a way for the reader to recognize the plays main similarities in the treatment of women. Even though the women in these plays share different lifestyles, they all face the same issues in their lives.
In comparing and contrast both drama A Doll House by (Henrik Ibsen), and Trifles by (Susan Glaspell). The authors shine a light on how a woman had no place in society in the nineteenth century .A woman place was in her home and her responsibility’s consist of taking care of her husband, her children and her home. Mrs. Wright was introduce to the reader as woman that was held for murdering her husband after a long time of abuse. Nora was introduce to the reader as woman that had everything in life. However both woman had endured abuse and are victims of a male dominated society.
The one-act play, “Trifles,” by Susan Glaspell, has several themes that are incorporated within it. There are several dominant ideas such as female identity, patriarchal dominance, isolation, and justice are themes that are all reflected in different ways throughout the play; however, gender is the main theme of “Trifles.” There is a considerable difference between the roles of the men and the women in this play. The men are expected to act in a more controlling, dominant way, while the women are expected to act in the typical ‘housekeeper’ fashion. The theme of gender is brought out through the play in many dramatic elements such as character, tone, and dramatic irony.
In the world of theatre, a place which tends to be reserved for liberal expression and socially progressive content, Bekah Brunstetter’s The Cake appears to be somewhat of an anomaly. This is not to say that the play condemns or lacks representation of the social matters which are so commonly highlighted in contemporary theatre. In fact, The Cake very thoroughly explores the unceasing debate surrounding the topic of marriage equality. However, Brunstetter’s thoughtful characterization forces audiences to consider a perspective that is rarely supported, or even acknowledged, on the stage.
In the play Trifles, written by Susan Glaspell, and the play A Doll’s House, written by Henrik Ibsen, there are two ladies who undergo two different situations. Mrs. Wright is someone who is assumed as the murderer of her husband Mr. Wright. On the other hand, Nora manipulates her husband by taking out a loan without his approval. These two ladies both face isolation in their relationships and eventually end up without their husbands. These two characters differ in their personalities, their actions in their marriages, and their overall marriage.
The play “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell is largely based on stereotypes. The most prevalent one explores the difference between gender roles. Glaspell exerts the repression of women in the 1900s. During that time, women were highly looked down upon by men, and were only seen as the housekeepers and child bearers. This example is displayed throughout the play with the men, however, the women in this play prove that the stereotypes of gender roles held against them are completely wrong, which is shown through the characters, set design, and symbolism.
In the beginning of the play, the reader is introduced to Abigail and is immediately given a strong impression of her through her words. Abigail lies to her uncle to avoid harsh punishment, “No one was naked! You mistake yourself uncle!”. Multiple girls, including Abigail danced in the woods naked, to summon spirits. Abigail also lied about drinking blood. These examples show how Abigail uses her manipulative nature through specific
Henrik Ibsen has used the play A Doll’s House to highlight some of the social issues and cultural norms that existed during his time, a period when society was transforming to modernity. Ibsen used the characters of Torvald Helmer and his wife Nora Helmer to perfectly depict the historical and cultural norms of the society at the time, especially in the relationship between a husband and wife. The play begins with the depiction of a seemingly happy couple who are living a bourgeois life but as it unfolds, the Helmer’s marriage would later disintegrate after the expected social conventions are rejected. Ibsen, in his play A Doll’s House rejects social conventions of his time.
The men in Trifles may be detectives, but they are incompetent to the case, due to their ignorance. Ken Jaworowski, the author of a segment for the New York Times, wrote, “The women examine the details -- the trifles -- of the suspect's life to discover a deeper meaning and in the end solve a mystery by exposing a tragedy.” The women, Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale, are overlooked often in this play by the men. Hale, one of the male characters from the play states, “Well, women are used to worrying over trifles.” (Glaspell) This statement reveals how the men go straight to stereotypes with the women. Trifles, something of little importance, is the opposite of what the women are distraught about. Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters find several items that were “women things”, such as an unfinished quilt and a bird in a box with its neck snapped. These items are key symbols, not only to the play, but to the motive of the murder. Mrs. Wright never revealed that her husband had done cruel things to her, but her husband was known to be harsh at times. Mrs. Hale brings up how Mrs. Wright lived before she married, “I heard she used to wear pretty clothes and be lively, when she was Minnie Foster, one of the town girls singing in the choir. But that-oh, that was thirty years ago.” (Glaspell) After marrying to John, Minnie did not have a multitude of freedoms as before. She became confined to being a
Trifles by Susan Glaspell is a play loosely based upon the murder of John Hossack. As Henry Peters, the sheriff, and the county attorney, George Henderson arrive with Lewis Hale, Mrs. Peters, and Mrs. Hale, who are all witnesses, at John Wright’s farmhouse in the investigation of Mr. Wright’s murder. Lewis Hale begins by tracing his steps in his discovery of Mr. Wright and how odd Mrs. Wright was acting. However, the gentlemen could not figure out why Wright had been so gruesomely strangled when their was a gun in the house. As the men were upstair investigating the murder scene, the three ladies were rummaging through the kitchen when they found a broken bird cage. Then, while looking at Mrs. Wright’s quilt she was making, they decided to bring her some cloth and her sewing basket to get her mind off of things. However, when they were going through her sewing basket to get what she would need, they found a dead canary strangled the exact same way Mr. Wright had. The ladies decided to keep this information to themselves.
How does Henrik Ibsen use the progressive characterisation of Nora to criticise the patriarchal society of the time?
As human beings, we try to eschew from the suffering and adversities that plague human morality. Nonetheless, society remains drawn to the surplus of tragedies in plays, movies, and literary works. Not only do these works provide an escape from our own hardships, but suffering and tragedy is a significant aspect to the development of human society. Personally, I have experienced my own share of sorrow, trauma, and difficulties in life. While they may not be as severe as those faced by the characters in A Doll’s House and Never Let Me Go, a pervasive theme still manifests in the presence of suffering. In A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen and Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, the prevalent motif of suffering illustrates
Trifles by Susan Glaspell is a play written in 1916 about a murder in a small town. There are seven roles, five of them speaking. Sheriff Peters, his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Hale, and the County Attorney Henderson are all trying to piece together what happened to Mr. Wright, who Mr. Hale found hanging from a rope in his home. Mrs. Wright, who doesn’t have stage time, is the main suspect in her husband’s death. It is understood she committed the crime by the end of the show. Small lines and actions give clear insight to the theme of a struggle for power between genders.Through lack of following the script, ignoring stage direction, and undeveloped characters the production of Trifles directed by Nancy Greening is an insufficient presentation of a
People were experiencing some form of isolation in social class, as one not being accepted by the middle and upper classes, so the class conflict often becomes very obvious. The result of being marginalized is that time witnessed many of revolutionary movements against societies. The struggles of social homogenization, power, politics, and industry appear. The whole plays taking the shape of criticism of Modern British society, frequently angry, indisposed, harsh, insensitive, and critical of everything around them. The characters brutalize those situations in life closet to them as they strike out from their personal pain and present their own experience of life on stage ( Kim
This comedy left me wanting a little more tension between the characters. The play is full of stock characters and is tremendously funny, but an overall highly unlikely situation. However, unlike other farces and comedies that I’ve read from this era, there is a very clear story that dramatizes the consequences of lying, even if the protagonist doesn’t learn anything by the end of the tale.