Summary Of Alienation In Hemingway's Trifles

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1. In Hemingway’s “Hills like White Elephants” there is many ways that Hemingway illustrates his belief that humans are in touch with and communicate only a small portion of what they think, wish, and feel. Throughout the story, Hemingway shows many examples of miscommunication between jig and the American man and their conversations they do have, contain sarcasm and anger. The two are not being clear with what they want or feel. For example, he boyfriend wants Jig to get an operation to terminate the pregnancy, but it is never said straight out in the story that they are talking about an abortion the subject is talked around. Jig eventually starts to realize that there is no point in arguing with her partner and she just starts to agree with…show more content…
One of the main themes in Susan Glaspell’s play Trifles is alienation. This theme is based on the fact that Mrs. Wright led a highly isolated life, always being alienated from others in her home. She wasn’t able to flourish how she wanted to. For example, Mr. Wright suppressed the things his wife loved the most, restricting her from having her own interesting and letting her follow her heart. When Mr. Wright killed her beloved canary, pushed Mrs. Wright over the edge, causing her to murder her husband. On page 593, Mrs. Hale says “I could’ve come. I stayed away because it weren’t cheerful- and that’s why I ought to have come. I- I’ve never liked this place. Maybe because it’s down in a hollow and you don’t see the road. I dunno what it is, but it’s a lonesome place and always was. I wish I had come over to see Minnie Foster sometimes. I can see now- … Not having children makes less work- but it makes a quiet house, and Wright out to work all say, and no company when he did come in.” this is a prime example of the alienation that Mrs. Wright went through. Her house was away from everything, everyone and even when her husband was home it was like she was still alone. Mrs. Hale knew that they didn’t have children and she knew how Mr. Wright was towards his wife, but she didn’t go visit due to the fact she knew how unhappy the home was. The women begin to understand why Mrs. Wright murdered her husband. On page 595, Mrs. Hale says “We live so close together and we live far apart. We all go through the same things- it’s all just a different kind of the same thing”. She’s talking about the inequality that the woman face and how life is with their husbands. She knows what Mrs. Wright did and can understand how she was pushed over the
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