that arise from one’s position (as in life or in a group)” (merriam-webster.com, n/a). In the play Trifles, men viewed their duty as something that was grand and its importance will prioritize over smaller details that were considered as “trifles”; however, the women in the play spent most of their time performing domestic work and they examined the finer details of what Mrs. Wright did and the details that the men considered as “trifles.” The play mentions “Nothing here but kitchen things” (Glaspell, 186). This proves that the men did not recognize the importance of what happened in the kitchen because they overlooked at the smaller details of the fruit jam that Mrs. Wright made. In addition, the men also made a claim of “Well, women are used to worrying over trifles” (Glaspell, 187). This shows the men in the play was stereotyping the women’s roles because they assumed that women only worry about the smaller things around the house.
The Importance of Trifles In the play Trifles, it is made obvious from the start that there has been a murder. While one might think that the play would center around the sheriff, court attorney and Hale as they investigate this crime and try to find the killer, this could not be further from the truth. In fact, the murderer, or in this case murderess, is abundantly evident from the start. Instead, the play focuses on two women, Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale, who were shafted from investigating by the men, as they look at various items in the house’s kitchen. However, by simply talking about these baubles, the women are able to discern the motive for the murder, something that the men were unable to do.
William Shakespeare disseminates various ideas of gender normalities of the Renaissance Era through his play, Taming of the Shrew. Throughout the play, Shakespeare provides archetypes of men and women that reveal the stereotypes of this time period. Furthermore, Shakespeare also displays the relationships between men and women that are expected of this time period. This era meant that women were submissive to men, and men were certainly the dominant gender. Shakespeare identifies in his play that if individuals are to waver from these gender expectations, they would be defying social norms and reaping the consequences of their defiant actions.
Humility, Modesty, and Helplessness in the 17th Century The main central ideas in Tartuffe, by Moliere and The Rape of the Lock, by Alexander Pope is the role women play in the 17th century. women are the embodiment of humility, modesty, and helplessness. Physical and social beauty was very important in the 17th century. A woman had no say in anything. The two characters that represent humility, modesty, and helplessness are Mariane from Tartuffe and Belinda from The Rape of the Lock.
A tarnish yellow creature stands in fear as it lingers behind bars viewing the shadow of a male figure. However, the acts of oppression can enrage the creature to break free. Feminist writer, Susan Glaspell, in the short story, Trifles, asserts how women are oppressed by male dominance in their marriages in the 1916. Glaspell’s purpose is to promote awareness of how much isolation and an abusive relationship can influence a woman’s insanity towards men. She adopts a calm yet caution tone in order to express the effect men have on women.
Tennessee Williams wrote this play in order to demonstrate what happens when Blanche, a feminine woman, and Stanley, a masculine man, are brought into conflict; when these extremes clash, it can result in violence and the shattering of an individual’s defense system. Violence is a result of the clashing of Stanley and
Dracula strays far from the feminist ideal, painting Mina Murray, the fiancée of main character Jonathan Harker, as the “ideal” woman based off her role as an obedient wife and as a figure of purity. Jane Eyre shows a better portrayal of women, exploring Jane’s female relationships and providing a variety of characters that don’t quite fall into typical tropes, such as the pure maiden or the old hag. The Merchant of Venice proves to be more complicated; although Shakespeare often acknowledges the Elizabethan expectations for women, that they be docile and submissive, he rarely challenges societal norms in a way that inspires drastic changes, both inside his writing and outside in the real world. However, by writing realistic and fully human characters, Shakespeare created unique and varied women in his plays, which was a progressive act in and of
In the plays Trifles and A Doll House the reader can see the portrayal of a male society and the way women are where dominated and abused by their husband in the nineteenth century. In A Doll House Nora’s Husband Treats her as if she is and absent minds doll wife that is incapable of thinking for herself. In Trifles Mrs. wright is a woman that have been oppressed and abuse by her husband for so many year that she need to escape one way or another. The woman in the play both took steps to gain there independence in society by any means
The way he was portrayed in this show was more stiff and not so much that way. These ill portrayed characters make their development imprecise or inaccurate for the understanding of the them Glaspell was trying to get across. At the start of the performance by the d’moiselles company, the actress playing Mrs. Peters, Melinda Grahm, comes out and performs a short monologue as the playwright, Glaspell. During the original production of Trifles, Glaspell performed the role of Mrs. Hale. This added scene Greening contributes to the understanding of the play and how Glasspell did intend to be apart but it should be questioned why the role of Mrs. Peters was played by the same actress instead of Mrs. Hale.