The Gender War In Susan Glaspell's Trifles

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The battle for gender equality is a never ending fight between men and women. For years, long before Trifles was ever written in the early 1900s, women were fighting for their right to vote, their right to be their own person and not follow a man’s orders, and their personal freedoms. Women have been known to make decisions for someone else and not for themselves, despite the desire to do so. This issue has been an ongoing struggle for many years, and Trifles demonstrates that. The gender war in Susan Glaspell’s Trifles is displayed in three ways: the men’s words and actions towards the women, the setting of the story, and the symbols embedded within the play. Throughout Trifles, the men’s actions and dialogue are very condescending towards the women. In most cases, they blew off their input into the investigation like they weren’t even talking, or in the room for that matter. When in reality, the women are the ones who ultimately solve the crime according to the story. There are various cases in the story where the men have snide remarks, or sound snobby and sarcastic. In the beginning, the women speak very little, and the article “Silent Justice In A Different Key: Glaspell’s Trifles” emphasises this: “with the exception of three words, we hear only male voices for the first quarter of the play” (Holstein 283). An extremely evident example of the men’s condescending tones is when Hale says, “Well, women are used to worrying over trifles” (Glaspell 604). This shows that
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