Tifles 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.
Realism is portrayed in both John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men and Susan Glaspell’s Trifles. They both have similarities and differences regarding the tenets of verisimilitude. Of Mice and Men mostly relates to the harsh realities in everyday life, while Trifles focuses more on the importance of scientific studies and processes. The similarity that both of these stories have in common is that the characters in both stories are more important that the plot of the story. Of Mice and Men is a harsh reality within itself.
Feminism is the advocacy that women should have the same equal rights as men do. Both Trifles, and King Arthur Socks are plays written in an era where feminism was still being fought for. A time where women struggled to become more than just second class citizens. These plays include feminist themes that were issues that played a big part during this time.
Stereotypes are widely accepted pieces of judgment about a person or group but can be very biased, even though they aren’t always accurate especially when it's about being given a gender a role in today’s society. While there are some differences between Fences and other stories read are quite obvious, the similarities between the plays Fences and Trifles are the harsh gender roles given to women and they deserve to be spoken deeper about. Although gender roles today are better than it was ten or more years ago, looking at Trifles’ text pieces one can reflect and say women not so long ago had it hard too, possibly more than in today’s time. In Trifles, Mrs.Peters (Sheriff’s wife) and Mrs.Hale were neglected by the County Attorney,
Research papers require a lot of critical thinking, planning, and research. First, one needs an interesting topic. Then, one needs at least one critical reading strategy to analyze the literary works in the topic. Finally, one needs to do preliminary research and write a basic thesis statement. After that, one has the beginning of a good research paper.
In Susan Glaspell's play “Trifles,” there is a difference between the men and women’s way of perceiving evidence to Mr. Wright’s murder case. The men spend most of their time searching for solid evidence upstairs where Mr. Wright's murder takes place. However, the women spend most of their time in Mrs. Wright’s kitchen. Instead of seeking tangible evidence, they inspect the condition of the items and acknowledge how they have been muddled around. Different perspectives lead to a variety of discoveries such as the women’s way of perceiving evidence.
They do not last long, though. The initial role of women in this play, was to be in control. Later on, Shakespeare reveals that they are what his society expects them to be, dependant on men and overwhelmed with their own emotions. Men on the other hand, start off as the pawns of women, but later on assume their expected roles a males and assume responsibilities over their own actions. Gender inequity has been a long term problem in our history that needs to be fixed.
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.
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.
Nevertheless, while using the play’s setting to first project the notion that men are superior to women in the society, the actual murder investigations depicted by the play goes to underline that indeed women are not inferior to men. Therefore, while placing the women’s intelligence over that of men, Trifles challenges the typical male-dominated detective story by deviating from the norm of men being superior, women only being good for the kitchen, and women paying attention to unimportant things like a jar of preserves busted. Although the men in the play, Trifles, are depicted most determined to resolve the murder by combing throughout the entire house to discover the clues related to the murder and the motive of the murder, women are keener in observing the small spaces they have been allowed to access. In the
It will also discuss how they are surfaced in the play. Quotes will also be used to show examples of how and who is affected in this play. In this play, the men appear to have a particular idea of how all women should behave. This behavior includes being quiet and obeying the man.
Quen Head Comp 2 11:30 Literary Analysis “Trifles” Gender Roles Everyone around the world has a mindset that certain genders have certain rules in relationships and everyday life. The author, Susan Glaspell, showed many ways in the story “Trifles” how males can look at things in a different perspective than women sometimes do. For generations, women have fought for power and rights, one of the biggest events in history is The Women’s Rights’ Movement starting in 1848 and going on for years until 1920 when the 19th amendment that granted American women the right to vote. Throughout history the fight between women and men has been a long process from rights, to gender specific roles in career, pay, and equality.
The title, “Trifles,” has a great significance to this play. Hale mentions the word when he states, “Well women are used to worrying over trifles.” Trifle meaning a matter or circumstance to little or no importance. After Hales comment it seemed the attitude and tone of the men towards the women were sarcastic. Especially Mr. Henderson’s tone at the
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.