The Justice Of Justice In Susan Glaspell's Trifles

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In the play Trifles, Susan Glaspell demonstrates the injustice towards women and their very basic fundamental rights, this brings the patience of a few women to a tipping point and initiates the birth of a buried movement after centuries of reticence, during the early twentieth century in North America. It is this common memory and experiences among women, which motivated few women to rise up against the male dominated Justice System, which eventually wakes up the rest of the women in the society through time. However, ironically, this movement is accomplished in a secret way and in silence against the male dominated justice system of America, because silence itself is a very powerful tool for women; in other words concealing of knowledge helps…show more content…
Peters is not expressing any kind of disagreement against the way Mrs. Wright is suspected of murder and also the injustice she is subjected to, and her presence in prison. Instead, she seems very convincible and uncountable about guiltiness of Mrs. Wright, whereas, Mrs. Hale since the beginning of the conversation between the two is very unsatisfied with the injustice against Mrs. Wright: “Mrs. Hale. You know, it seems kind of sneaking. Locking her up in town and coming out here and trying to get her own house to turn against her! Mrs. Peters. But Mrs. Hale, the law is the law" (Trifles 142). As initially stated the women justice movement was initiated by a few, and these a few such as Mrs. Hale as an example, were the ones that transferred this domino effect gradually to the rest of the women in the society. Similarly, Mrs. Wright who in the beginning is pretending to be very unmistakable about the true judgment of the male dominated Justice System, eventually, expresses her true belief to Mrs. Hale by sharing her past memories with Mr. Hale after finding out that Mr. Wright's bird has been strangled by her husband, and the bird cage has been broken:” Mrs. Peters. (In a whisper)When I was a girl-my kitten--there was a boy took a hatchet, and before my eyes... (Covers her face an instant.) If they hadn't held me back--(Catches herself, looks upstarts, where steps are heard, falters weakly.)-- Hurt him"(145 Trifles). As illustrated in the quotation from…show more content…
However, as it is emphasized on the title, this movement for justice is accomplished in silence; where this silence changes initially from the silence of powerlessness to a mark of their solidarity. ( Silent Justice in a Different Key 290). Suzy Holstein also argues that this movement could only succeed, if women kept their knowledge to themselves, and would protect it from men. Such as in the case of Mrs. Hale and Peters, when they hide the dead bird of Mrs.Wright and lie to the men in the play that the cat, which does not exist in fact has got the bird. And then lie once again about the escape of the cat. (Trifles 144). As a result, it's this protection of knowledge from outside influence(men), is what helps women to reconstruct and reform the principles of the United States Justice System on their own without men noticing it: " The women's choice to adopt and alternative model of perception can succeed only in silence, but it is no longer the the silence of powerlessness. Their silence has become a mark or their solidarity, a refusal to endanger a

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