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A Doll House, Trifles and Domestic Dependency - Looking over the course of time, women had overcome some abusive and intrusive periods in society to be heard and noticed as an equal to mankind. Woman have struggled for equal rights as early as the 1800’s, which in this time the role of the woman was franchised in every home, to be seen but not heard, to complete what were daily chores such as cleaning, cooking, sewing and motherhood,. Women were in a time warp, and were in need to speak out, be heard and not judged by their mother baring and homemaking skills....   [tags: Trifles Essays] 1995 words
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Susan Glaspell’s Trifles - The first reading I enjoyed was Susan Glaspell’s “Trifles”. The main character in the plat is a sheriff, his wife, the county attorney, and Mr. and Mrs. Hale. The opening scene is all of them in John Wright’s kitchen. Mr. Hale tells the sheriff and attorney how he a visited the house on the day before day and Mrs. Wright greeted him but her demeanor was little suspicions. She told him that her husband was upstairs dead. She says she was asleep when someone choked her husband to death. All the men suspect she is the murderer....   [tags: Trifles Essays]
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How Feminism Is Portrayed in Susan Glaspell’s Trifles - ... Peters for having sympathy for Minnie. But what everyone seems to forget is that it was among “trifles” where the real hard hitting evidence of the play was found. Mrs. Wright had a motive for killing her husband and we find that motive when Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters discover the dead bird. The dead bird is the motive for killing Mr. Wright because Minnie Wright was never really allowed anything of her own and having the bird to keep her company meant a lot to her. We can infer that the bird meant alot to her given that the bird was wrapped in a silk cloth and that she had placed it in a beautiful box....   [tags: play analysis, Trifles, theme, women]
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Susan Glaspell's Trifles - The Sweetness of Revenge - Sweetness of Revenge Susan Glaspell’s play, Trifles, seems to describe the ultimate women’s suffrage story. No longer will men have an upper hand against women after reading this story. Cleverness will be the key to retaining power from the men in this story. The one thing that woman are criticized for, the idea that women tend to look at the ‘little picture’ instead of the ‘whole picture’, will be there path to victory. Two stories of revenge are told in this story, the revenge of suppression and revenge of being portrayed as ‘unsophisticated, unintelligent’ women....   [tags: Trifles Essays] 594 words
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Susan Glaspell's Trifles - Some Observations - Trifles I would like to make three major points. Major #1: Since this is the first play we’ve read, the stage direction really caught my eye and I tended to consider it very seriously in determining the meaning of the work. The most obvious direction, which the essay by Parrish discusses, is that neither Mr. nor Mrs. Wright ever appear in the play, and Glaspell was the first to use this type of direction (which was later recognized as uniquely her own.) Other important examples of the play’s direction (not spoken lines) are: ( ......   [tags: Trifles Essays] 896 words
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Blurred Boundaries in Susan Glaspell's Trifles - Blurred Boundaries in Trifles       In her landmark feminist play, "Trifles," Susan Glaspell offers a peek at the complicated political and social systems that both silenced and divided women during their struggle for equality with men. In this simple but highly symbolic tale, a farmer's wife, Minnie Wright, is accused of strangling her husband to death. The county attorney, the sheriff, a local farmer, the sheriff's wife and the farmer's wife visit Minnie's farm house. As the men "look for clues," the women survey Minnie's domestic environment....   [tags: Trifles Essays]
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Essay on Sacrifices in Susan Glaspell's Trifles - Sacrifices in Trifles When a woman marries she is expected to give up her family, her last name, and her virginity. In other words she is expected to give up the life she knew. Susan Glaspell’s play Trifles tells the story of a woman that gave up her all to please society and her husband. The story examines a woman who sacrificed her tranquility, her talents, and her individuality. In the end, the woman even gave up her freedom. A person’s home should be more than a place to shelter them from the elements....   [tags: Trifles Essays]
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Stereotypes and Stereotyping in Susan Glaspell's Trifles - Stereotypes in Trifles I like this play quite a lot. It's got murder, mystery and deceit. It's interesting that the play bases a lot on stereotypes. The men are the sheriff, deputy and the attorney sent out to discover the details of the murder of a man found hanged in his bed. They look carefully in the bedroom and outside in the barn for clues and the women are sent in, I think initially, to gather some things for Mrs. Wright. The women are mocked at by the men. Worrying about things like jelly freezing and sewing....   [tags: Trifles Essays] 640 words
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Plot Structure in Susan Glaspell's Trifles - Plot Structure in Susan Glaspell's Trifles The play "Trifles" by Susan Glaspell is a whodunit type of murder mystery. But in this case, the "professionals," whose job it is to find out what happened, failed in their task. The County Attorney (Mr. Henderson) and the Sheriff (Mr. Peters) attempt to piece together what had transpired on the day when John Wright was murdered. They interviewed Mrs. Hale, Mrs. Peters, and Mr. Hale who told them that Mrs. Wright, John's wife, had been acting strange when he had found her in the kitchen....   [tags: Trifles Essays] 1219 words
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Deadly Silence in Susan Glaspell's Trifles - The Deadly Silence in Trifles         While reading Susan Glaspell's play Trifles, the use of characters, descriptive language, and symbolism teaches the audience that one person's home and one person's way of living can also be an introduction to one person's private hell.  Throughout the play, discoveries are made to teach the audience that maybe things are not what they seem and that sometimes people must take a deeper look into what is around them.         Mrs. Hale, Mrs. Peters, the county attorney, and the sheriff are the four main characters of the play that introduce the audience to the crime that has just been committed.  The sheriff and Mrs....   [tags: Trifles Essays]
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The Danger in Susan Glaspell's Trifles - The Danger in Susan Glaspell's Trifles Susan Glaspell's 'Trifles' is a play about a real life murder case that uses symbolism to help bring it to a close. It is easy to see that Mr. and Mrs. Wright live in a society that is cut off from the outside world and also strongly separated by gender. Three of the key symbols in Glaspell's play are a simple bird cage, a quilt, and isolationism. Anna Uong of Virginia Tech and Karen Shelton of JSRCC share these same ideas on symbolism. These three symbols are the main clues that help the reader decide who killed Mr....   [tags: Essays Papers Glaspell Trifles ]
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Symbols in Susan Glaspell's Trifles - Symbols in Susan Glaspell's Trifles In the play titled Trifles, by Susan Glaspell, Minnie Foster Wright is being accused of murdering her husband, John. In this production, Mrs. Wright is consistently referenced, and although she is not witnessed, she is very recognizable. There are important symbols in this play that signifies Mrs. Wright and her existence as it once was and as it currently exists to be. Particularly the canary, this symbolizes Mrs. Wright's long forgotten past. Additionally, the birdcage, this symbolizes her life as it currently exists....   [tags: Symbolism Glaspell Trifles Essays]
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Susan Glaspell's Trifles - Little Things Mean a Lot - Little Things Mean a Lot in Trifles Susan Glaspell's play, Trifles, explores the fact that women pay attention to the little things that may lead to the solving of a bigger problem. Why are women so into the little things. The attention to detail seems to be the starting point to solving the bigger problem. Think of the little things as pieces of a puzzle. When the small pieces come together you see the bigger picture. In the play Trifles the men seem to think the women only worry about the little things, or trifles....   [tags: Trifles Essays] 1125 words
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Symbolism in Trifles by Susan Glaspell - Symbolism in Trifles by Susan Glaspell In today's society, we generally view upon everyone as equal beings who deserve equal rights. At the turn of the 20th century, this particular view didn?t exist. Men clearly dominated almost every aspect of life and women were often left with little importance. The Wright?s embody this view of roles in Susan Glaspell?s play Trifles. Mrs. Wright was a typical woman who suffered the mental abuse from her husband and was caged from life. In Trifles, a mixture of symbolism of oppression illustrates Mrs....   [tags: Sybolism Trifles Susan Glaspell Essays]
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Repression of Women Exposed in Susan Glaspell's Trifles - The Repression of Women Exposed in Trifles Susan Glaspell in Trifles explores the repression of women. Since the beginning of time, women have been looked down upon by men. They have been considered “dumb” and even a form of property. Being physically and emotionally abused by men, women in the early 1900’s struggled to break the mold formed by society. Even with the pain of bearing children, raising them, doing household and even farm chores, their efforts have never been truly appreciated....   [tags: Trifles Essays] 954 words
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Essay on Action, Props, Costumes, and Visual Elements in Trifles - Action, Props, Costumes, and Visual Elements in Trifles Susan Glaspell’s play, Trifles, shows the importance of staging, gestures, and props to create the proper atmosphere of a play. Without the development of the proper atmosphere through directions from the author, the whole point of the play may be missed. Words definitely do not tell the whole story in Trifles - the dialog only complements the unspoken. Susan Glaspell tells us her vision of the Wright's kitchen, where the action of her play "Trifles" takes place, through stage directions....   [tags: Trifles Essays] 1131 words
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Emotional Break-down in Susan Glaspell's Trifles - Emotional Break-down in Trifles Trifles is an interesting story about the emotional break-down of a country woman. It is obvious by certain descriptions within the text that she did have an emotional trauma. However, it is never made clear if she killed her husband or did he commit suicide. The emotional trauma can be scene in the beginning of the story by her attitude towards Mr. Hale. Ms. Wright is in a state of shock her constant rocking; pleating of her skirt; her "queer" look and her dead pan response to how Mr....   [tags: Trifles Essays] 565 words
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The Three Symbols in Trifles by Susan Glaspell - The setting of a story is the physical and social context in which the action of a story occurs.(Meyer 1635) The setting can also set the mood of the story, which will help readers to get a better idea pf what is happening. The major elements of the setting are the time, place, and social environment that frame the characters. (Meyer 1635) "Trifles by Susan Glaspell portrays a gloomy, dark, and lonely setting. Glaspell uses symbolic objects to help the audience get a better understanding for the characters....   [tags: Trifles, Susan Glaspell] 305 words
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Gender Differences in Susan Glaspell's Trifles - Gender Differences in Trifles     Susan Glaspell's play, "Trifles", attempts to define one of the main behavioral differences between man and woman. For most of the story, the two genders are not only geographically separated, but also separated in thought processes and motive, so that the reader might readily make comparisons between the two genders. Glaspell not only verbally acknowledges this behavioral difference in the play, but also demonstrates it through the characters' actions and the turns of the plot....   [tags: Trifles Susan Glaspell]
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Stereotypes and Stereotyping in Susan Glaspell's Trifles - Stereotypes and Stereotyping in Susan Glaspell's Trifles      In the play Trifles, by Susan Glaspell, the male characters make several assumptions concerning the female characters. These assumptions deal with the way in which the male characters see the female characters, on a purely stereotypical, gender-related level. The stereotypical assumptions made are those of the women being concerned only with trifling things, loyalty to the feminine gender, and of women being subservient to their spouses....   [tags: Trifles Essays Papers]
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Looking at the Past Present in Hamlet and Trifles - The Elizabethan Era under the rule of Queen Elizabeth I in England not only produced an expansion of growth in the suburbs and a more unified nation, but also introduced the world’s most famous playwright of all times, William Shakespeare. During this period of greatest artistic achievement, Shakespeare, who produced about thirty- seven plays as well as many other great works, created what is considered his greatest achievement, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. Surprisingly, this particular five-act play depicts numerous aspects which are relevant to today’s society, four hundred years later....   [tags: Hamlet, Trifles 2014]
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Feminimity and Masculinity in Trifles by Susan Glaspell - Feminimity and Masculinity in Trifles by Susan Glaspell Works Cited Not Included Trifles, a one-act play, written by Susan Glaspell, has an interesting plot about an abusive husband?s murder at the hands of his abused wife on a secluded farm in the Midwest (Russell, pg. 1). The opening scene of the play gives us a great deal of information about the people of the play and their opinions. The play portrays the ways in which men treated women during this time period. The men in the reading reflected a male-oriented society, which caused the women feelings of repression and unappreciation....   [tags: Trifles Susan Glaspell Essays] 974 words
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Trifles by Susan Glaspell - A crime scene calls for careful consideration and attention to every detail. Making false assumptions and underestimating the importance of information can lead to a false verdict or conviction. The outdated stereotype of men's superiority over women, and the consequences of this ideology, is the theme present in the play "Trifles," by Susan Glaspell. The play features five members of the community, simultaneously investigating a crime scene, trying to expose evidence that may answer the question of who killed John Wright....   [tags: Trifles Glaspell Analysis, crime, murder] 1238 words
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The Treatment of Women in Trifles by Susan Glaspell - The Treatment of Women in Trifles by Susan Glaspell "Trifles," a one-act play written by Susan Glaspell, is a cleverly written story about a murder and more importantly, it effectively describes the treatment of women during the early 1900s. In the opening scene, we learn a great deal of information about the people of the play and of their opinions. We know that there are five main characters, three men and two women. The weather outside is frighteningly cold, and yet the men enter the warm farmhouse first....   [tags: Susan Glaspell Plays Essays Trifles] 844 words
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Susan Glaspell's Trifles - Susan Glaspell's Trifles Susan Glaspell's Trifles explores the classical male stereotype of women by declaring that women frequently worry about matters of little, or no importance. This stereotype makes the assumption that only males are concerned with important issues, issues that females would never discuss or confront. The characters spend the entirety of the play searching for clues to solve a murder case. Ironically, the female characters, Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale, uncover crucial evidence and solve the murder case, not the male characters....   [tags: Susan Glaspell Trifles Essays] 1167 words
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Symbolic Illustration of the Power of Relationships in Susan Glaspell's Trifles - Symbolic Illustration of the Power of Relationships in Susan Glaspell's Trifles A friend can be a remarkable thing. Unfortunately, many lack the powerful bonds that all humans need to survive and lead healthy, happy lives. In Susan Glaspell's play Trifles, Mrs. Wright is starved of the human interaction and relationships she so desperately needs. Consequently, she is never rescued from her loneliness, is brought to the point where she cannot handle any more of life's saddening struggles, and kills her husband in his sleep....   [tags: Susan Glaspell Trifles Essays]
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Perceptions of Men and Women Revealed in Susan Glaspell's Trifles - Perceptions of Men and Women Revealed in Susan Glaspell's Trifles Human beings not only live in the physical world but also survive in the emotional world. Frequently, one's emotional world actually controls the actions one commits in the physical world. Perception plays an enormous part in what one feels is important and what one feels is unimportant. Is there a difference between perception of men and women. In Susan Glaspell's story Trifles, she examines the difference of perception between men and women in a unique way by revealing these differences in the solving of a murder case....   [tags: Susan Glaspell Trifles Essays]
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Examination of Mrs Wright in Trifles by Susan Glaspell - Examination of Mrs Wright in Trifles by Susan Glaspell The play ?Trifles?, by Susan Glaspell , is an examination of the different levels of early 1900?s mid-western farming society?s attitudes towards women and equality. The obvious theme in this story is men discounting women?s intelligence and their ability to play a man?s role, as detectives, in the story. A less apparent theme is the empathy the women in the plot find for each other. Looking at the play from this perspective we see a distinct set of characters, a plot, and a final act of sacrifice....   [tags: Susan Glaspell Trifles Essays] 1007 words
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The Importance of Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters in Susan Glaspell's Trifles - The patented murder mystery, in all its addictive predictability, presents the audience with numerous cliches: a stormy night, a shadowy figure, a sinister butler, and a mysterious phone call. Susan Glaspell's Trifles does not fit this mold. Glaspell's mysterious inquiry into the murder of John Wright presents the reader with only one suspect, Mrs. Wright. Even though the court examiner and sheriff cannot find evidence against Mrs. Wright, the reader can plausibly argue the case against the neglected wife....   [tags: Susan Glaspell, Trifles]
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Susan Glaspell's Trifles and A Jury of Her Peers - In the early 1900's Susan Glaspell wrote many works, two stand out, the play "Trifles" and the short story "A Jury of Her Peers". Trifles was written in 1920, while "A Jury of Her Peers" was written the following year. Trifles was written in only ten days. The true greatness of these works were not recognized until the 1970's. In the short story "A Jury of Her Peers" a woman named Minnie Wright is accused of the murder of her husband. Minnie Wright is a farmer's wife and is also isolated from the out side world....   [tags: Susan Glaspell Trifles A Jury of Her Peers Essays]
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Gender Roles in Susan Glaspell's A Jury Of Her Peers and Trifles - Gender Roles in Susan Glaspell's A Jury Of Her Peers and Trifles   Twentieth century society places few stereotypical roles on men and women.  The men are not the sole breadwinners, as they once were, and the women are no longer the sole homemakers.  The roles are often reversed, or, in the case of both parents working, the old roles are totally inconsequential.  Many works of literature deal with gendered roles and their effect on society as a whole or on an individual as a person.  "A Jury Of Her Peers" and Trifles, both written by Susan Glaspell, are works of literature that deal with socially gendered roles during the early nineteenth century.  The two works are almost exactly alike...   [tags: Jury Peers Trifles Glaspell Essays Papers]
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Gender Stereotypes in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House and Susan Glaspell's Trifles - Gender Stereotypes in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House and Susan Glaspell's Trifles In the plays A Doll's House, by Henrik Ibsen, and Trifles, by Susan Glaspell, the male characters propagate stereotypes and make assumptions concerning the female characters. These assumptions deal with the way in which the male characters see the female characters, on a purely stereotypical, gender-related level. The stereotypes and assumptions made in A Doll's House are manifest in the way Torvald Helmer treats his wife, Nora, and in the way Nora acts to please her husband....   [tags: Ibsen Glaspell Trifles Doll House Essays Papers]
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Comparing the Powerful Women in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House and Susan Glaspell's Trifles - Comparing the Powerful Women in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House and Susan Glaspell's Trifles      Throughout history, a woman's role is to be an obedient and respectful wife. Her main obligation is to support, serve, and live for her husband and children. In Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House and Susan Glaspell's Trifles, two different women make a decision to take matters into their own hands by doing what they want to do, no matter what the outcome may be and in spite of what society thinks. These two women come from different homes and lead very different lives yet, these two women share similar situations--both are victims, both are seeking individuality, and initially, both women end...   [tags: Trifles Glaspell Doll's House Ibsen Essays]
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Trifles and A Dollhouse - The plays, Trifles and A Dollhouse use the literary tool of symbolism to portray the way women were treated throughout the nineteenth century. Susan Glaspell uses the bird cage and the dead bird to signify the role and life of women in marriage and society, whereas Henrik Ibsen uses the dollhouse. These symbols allow the reader to recognize the plays main similarities in the treatment of women, such as men dismissing women as trivial and treating them like property; however, the plays portray the women’s lifestyles as different which seal their fates....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Susan Glaspell] 855 words
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Susan Glaspell's Trifles - The Loyalty of Mrs. Hale - The Loyalty of Mrs. Hale in Trifles The major idea I want to write about has to do with the way Mrs. Hale stands behind Mrs. Wright even though it seems like everyone else especially (the men) would rather lock her up and throw away the key. We see this right away when she gets on the County Attorney for putting down Mrs. Wright’s house keeping. I find this to be wonderfully symbolic in that most women of this time usually allowed the men to say whatever they wanted about their sex, never standing up for themselves or each other You notice this to be so because Mrs....   [tags: Trifles Essays] 787 words
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Trifles and Symbolism Solve the Mystery - ... The fact that Mrs. Wright did not care enough to let her fire keep going in order to save the fruit preserves describes her state of mind. The broken jars represent her spirit and how it has been shattered by her submissive husband. This also meant that although she apparently enjoyed creating these preserves her lonely state of mind prevented her to do so. Glaspell continues, “Well, can you beat the women. Held for murder and worryin’ about her preserves” (Trifles, 1386). The lack of understanding on the men’s part for Mrs....   [tags: Susan Glaspell, play analysis]
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Trifles, a Play by Susan Glaspell - The play Trifles was written by Susan Glaspell in 1916. It reflects the author’s assimilation with culturally tied views of gender and sex roles. As the title of the play, “Trifles”, evokes the concerns of women who are often regarded as trifles—insignificant subjects—that bear little or no significance to the true work of society which is, evidently, fulfilled by men. Glaspell (Susan Glaspell 1902) questions, and thus calls the viewer or reader to also wonder, the comparative value of men’s and women’s work and perspectives by introducing a taut-filled drama that stretches out the development of two different accounts, one female and one male....   [tags: Thw Work of Women]
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Analysis of the Play Trifles - ... Peters and Mrs. Hale. Glaspell first makes the characters part of two different worlds with Mrs. Hale being a woman who is very strong hearted and a woman with a certain sense of pride for her gender and then she makes Mrs. Peters the very timid woman with no backbone and believes the men are only doing their jobs and sees no fault in their thought. As the play progresses the readers will notice that Mrs. Hale’s conversion process begins to work on Mrs. Peters because of her actions and how the two begin to unite against the men....   [tags: Susan Glaspell]
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Observations of Women in "Trifles" - Whose side are you on. The men’s. Or the women’s. In “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell, the women are more observant than the men. The women in the play discover Mrs. Wright’s motives for the murder of her husband. The sexist and rude men are preoccupied by the bigger problem when they should be looking for small details that lead to the bigger problem. The women in the play are observant. For example when the men are looking for evidence in the kitchen the women take notice of a quilt that is not finished, “She was piecing a quilt....   [tags: Play Analysis] 511 words
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The Strength of Women in Trifles - During the 1900’s women were viewed as nothing more than house wives. They were expected to cook, clean, and take care of their children and husbands. The lack of respect women received during this time is extremely evident in “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell. In this play women are depicted as incapable, and these ladies are very much aware of this. Mrs. Peters, the sheriff’s wife practically says throughout the play we cannot do this we are women, and she seems quite content with that; whereas Mrs....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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Analysis of Trifles, by Susan Glaspell - Trifles Susan Glaspell (1876 – 1948) The story of Trifles was written in 1916 which is a period in time when women played a minimal role at solving situations, and was thought of as not having much to say or do of importance. There were important issues that plagued women, such as birth control, socialism and women’s suffrage. Also during that time few women went to college or sought employment outside of the home. Women were thought of only being interested in little things of no importance thus the meaning of Trifles....   [tags: Plot Summary, Murder]
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The Empowerment of Women in Trifles by Glaspell - ... Hale and Mrs. Peters have never met, but they quickly formed a bond and worked well together. Mrs. Hale has known Mrs. Wright since she was a young girl and she is able to tell Mrs. Peters more information about her. Mrs. Peters has never met Mrs. Wright but she feels that she can relate to her because she has lost a child just like Mrs. Wright who lost her canary, which was the closest thing the Wrights had to a child. Once Mr. Wright took that away from her, Mrs. Wright went into a state of depression and was looking to get some form of revenge....   [tags: investigation, discrimination, murder]
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Trifles and the Lost Generation - The very origin of the term the “Lost Generation”, is lost. The true story floats somewhere in the memories of Earnest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, and a French car garage owner, but there are two different versions of the story, both experienced by Stein and retold by Hemingway (Mellow 273). The phrase, the Lost Generation, is a unifying term that captures the simple themes of isolation and hopelessness, similar to the emotions society experienced in between the two world wars. However, only a limited number of works identify under this label....   [tags: Susan Glaspell]
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A Doll's House and Trifles - ... Therefore, in the story of A Doll’s House, Henrik Ibsen illustrates the problems in marriage as an inequality between men and women’s position which relative to be a husband and wife. In the Triflies, similar to the story of A Doll’s House, Susan Glaspell portrays women’s suffering and the power of women were pressed by men. Before the plot of the play begins, Mr. Wright was killed in his bed, while sleeping. A rope was wrapped around his neck and he was strangled. Mr. Hale had gone to visit him and Mrs....   [tags: Play Analyses, Women's Rights] 1060 words
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The Invisible Woman in Trifles - ... After 30 years of marriage, Minnie was not the same. In the play, Mrs. Wright, or Minnie, is compared to yellow canary, the caged bird. Mrs. Hale reflects on Mrs. Wright’s circumstances saying “she was kind of like a bird herself…how she did change” (Glaspell 150). John Wright left her isolated from those in their community, from himself, from having children, and from her songbird. Minnie went from a free bird to a caged and fearful one. Mrs. Wright lived in distinctly unique conditions. Not only did she abide in a patriarchal marriage and society, but she did not have any children and she did not work outside the home....   [tags: Play Analysis, Women Rights]
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Trifles by Susan Glaspell - ... Wright was knotting the quilt that they find. When the entire group first begins to scope out the house, they find that the jars of preserves are broken in the cupboard from the cold weather. At this point, the county attorney points out that Mrs. Wright will have more serious things that she is going to have to worry about. As a result, Mr. Hale says “women are used to worrying over trifles” (Glaspell, 1156). Throughout the entire play, the women are noticing these small details such as the jars and the quilt that the men see as unimportant....   [tags: play analysis, differences between men and women]
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Trifles by Susan Glaspel - ... What causes these characters to be fools at times is their blindness to the fact that during this time period, the male dominance was considered normal and the females were expected to submit to their husbands. The writer Henry James said that no story “is possible without its fools” (387). Little do the three male characters realize though, their foolish ways is what drives the scenes and motivates the females characters to their motives and actions. In “Trifles,” Mrs. Hale plays the male characters like fools very easily....   [tags: story and character analysis] 530 words
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Trifles by Susan Glaspel - ... The men were adventurous and went out to search for their own clues and did their investigating in typical manly working places. The women stayed in the kitchen, where the men did not really do any searching. There is humor in this because the kitchen, back in that time period, was considered women’s territory or their place to be. The county attorney and sheriff are played fools for overlooking the entire house as evidenced by the conversation in which the county attorney asked, “You’re convinced that there was nothing important here— nothing that would point to any motive....   [tags: story and character analysis] 1451 words
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Altered Perspectives in Trifles - ... For that matter a sheriff’s wife is married to the law” (1419). In this case, Mrs. Peters is being characterized not only by her husband’s name, but also by her husband’s occupation. Therefore her character is expected to be exemplary simply by her association to her spouse. In addition to perceiving women as a reflection of the man they married, the male chauvinistic attitude in the play causes the men to overlook many things in their investigation. The women, have been brought along to gather a few things for Minnie to wear and do during her detainment....   [tags: Susan Glaspell play analysis]
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Elaborate or Simplify Trifles? - The play, Trifles, written by Susan Glaspell, establishes the discrepancy between men and women’s perception and roles during the early 1900s. Its title, Trifles is tied to the concept that is reemphasized many times in the play, which illustrates that women’s thoughts, observations, and voices were considered as trifles or something of which that has least significance to the society and its values. Glaspell gradually builds the plot up to a controversial murder mystery by giving each character specific attributes and by developing symbolism with the objects mentioned in the play....   [tags: Theatre]
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Susan Glaspell's Play, Trifles - ... Mrs. Wright was mad at Mr. Wright so she didn’t clean his side of the table. The ladies find that Mrs. Wright had a quilt. “Mrs. Hale It's log-cabin pattern. Pretty, isn't it. I wonder if she was goin' to quilt it or just knot it?” (line 72) Mrs. Wright could have quilted it or knotted it. She ended up knotting it. Ms. Wright knotting it tells us that she might have been angry, she was releasing her anger on the quilt. Quilting the quilt involves smooth, calm motions. This shows us another example that Mrs....   [tags: story and character analysis]
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Gender Differences in "Trifles" - “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell is a play that is largely based on stereotypes. The most prevalent one is the inferiority of women over men, though the play also explores the differences between genders in general. First of all, Glaspell largely examines the repression of women in the 1900s. Women were highly looked down upon by men, and were seen mostly as housekeepers and child bearers, and were definitely not seen as intelligent people. The women in this play prove that the stereotypes against them are completely wrong....   [tags: Plays] 711 words
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Trifles by Susan Glaspell - Susan Glaspell’s most memorable one-act play, Trifles (1916) was based on murder trial case that happened in the 1900’s. Glaspell worked as a reporter, where she appointed a report of a murder case. It was about a farmer, John Hossack who was killed while he was asleep in bed one night. His wife claimed that she was asleep next to him when the attack occurred. No one believed in her statement, she was arrested and was charged on first degree murder. In Trifles, the play takes place at an abandon house at a farm where John Wright and his wife, Minnie Wright lived....   [tags: murder trial, mr. hale, minnie]
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Trifles by Susan Glaspell - ... The behavior of men towards women in a patriarchal society is described by Manju when she describes society in India by stating, “In Indian society stress is given to create female persona for different stages, docile daughters, chase and obedient wives and sacrificing mothers. The only domain ascribed to female is to fit in this good daughter, good wife and good mother criteria. Husband and wife are considered soul mates. But man assumes himself superior to woman, and he never tries to create emotional bonding with his wife, to understand her wishes or act according to her consent” (234)....   [tags: sister love, play analysis]
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More Than Mere Trifles - During the Middle Ages, the English church’s suggestions were spoken by God’s own voice. The Church encouraged pilgrimages to various holy places, or shrines, to search for spiritual enlightenment and penitence from sin. This ideology says that if one were to pray at a shrine, one could be forgiven of one’s sins, thus increasing the chance of going to Heaven after an earthly death. Those suffering from a plethora of aliments and other illnesses might also make a pilgrimage in the hope of being healed of it....   [tags: English Church, Pilgrims, Religion] 1092 words
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Silent Liberation in Trifles - ... She may even planned it ahead of time making this pre meditated. She had the rope waiting somewhere close by her that night. Then just as Mr. Wright goes off to sleep she took the opportunity to reach for that rope placing it over his neck just laying it there at first then violently pulling on it until he was lifeless. Strangulation is a terrible way to die, she crushed his wind pipe by placing pressure to his throat with the rope, and she obstructed his airway cutting off air to the brain until he suffocated....   [tags: Play Analysis, Marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Wright]
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Susan Glaspell's Play Trifles - ... Mrs. Hale finds a dead bird with a broken neck inside of Mrs. Wright’s sewing box wrapped in a cloth. Obviously as lonely as Mrs. Wright was the death of her bird would have been catastrophic for her. This is evidence of a motive proving Mrs. Wright killed her husband out of sheer revenge of the death of her bird, it was the last thing he was ever going to take away from her. Along with the broken cage Mrs. Peters states, “Why, look at this door. It’s broke. One hinge is pulled apart” (8). Then Mrs....   [tags: silent liberation from marriage]
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Understanding the Feminism in Susan Glaspell's Trifles - As I began reading “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell, I felt that it had an element of demoralization towards women. In addition to this demoralization, I felt that the imagery and tone elevated the image of the male characters to be superior to women in intelligence. As I read further I realized that the author was attempting to dispel this belief in male superiority. In fact, I felt that the author was illustrating that women are not inferior to men, but have the ability to be superior. Through my research into the context of “Trifles,” I strengthened my understanding of Glaspell’s goal to teach me the inaccuracy of the sexist belief that women are less valuable than men....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Analytical essay, theatre] 1674 words
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Literary Review: "Trifles" - Protection must be guarded, justice must be served and relationships must be scared. In “Trifles”, Susan Glaspell approaches all three. By utilizing the conflict of law and justice, she explores the social struggle between man and woman as well as the separation between public and private affairs. Each aspect is developed completely in the work and help evaluate the discrepancies throughout the story. Forced to deal with a dramatic murder, a group of individuals face a complicated situation. The news of a murder brings in Mr....   [tags: Literary Review] 959 words
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Distinct Understanding on Trifles by Susan Glaspell - Susan Glaspell writes Trifles based on a real life murder and introduces the contemporary feminist concerns of identity and the necessity for female support and understanding. In the story, the county attorney, the sheriff and a neighboring farmer go to the isolated, abandoned farmhouse to investigate John Wright’s murder, while the wives of the sheriff and the farmer go along to get some personal belongings for Minnie, who is now in the jail. John Wright is strangled in his bed and his wife, Minnie is the major suspect as she does not wake up when the crime happens....   [tags: oppression, women, gender, behavior]
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Death of a Bird: Trifles by Susan Glaspell - ... How ­ she ­ did ­ change.” The discovery of how she changed behaviors from one to another is similar to another psychological theory such as Pavlov’s experiment, as the dog salivated because it was looking at food, but he conditioned it to not salivate with changing it to salivate by looking at light. The reason I mention this is due to the factor that she was never really stuck in a cage, picture this instead replace the bird in the cage with her in the cage. The coping mechanism of a bird is to roam free and sing happily but if she was conditioned such as in Pavlov’s theories to be in a cage with no freedom to roam free her unconcious is telling her she is no longer herself and she is...   [tags: critical perspective analysis]
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Analysis of Susan Glaspell’s “Trifles” - The single act play “Trifles” is loosely based on the murder of a farmer in the state of Iowa in the early nineteenth century, which Glaspell reported on while working as a journalist. The farmer’s wife was accused of the murder, and was initially convicted, but later acquitted. Literary analysts note that Glaspell “approached the case like a detective” (Bryan and Wolf). More than a decade after that incident, when she was a career writer, analysts describe, “in a span of ten days, Glaspell composed a one-act play” being inspired from that real life murder event (Bryan and Wolf)....   [tags: Literature, Gender Studies]
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The Vulnerability of Women's Identity in Trifles by Susan Glaspell - ... and Mrs. Hale, and Mrs Peters. The characters that play a significant role in this play are the female characters, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters. Throughout the play, the male characters did not consider women’s testimony as a serious issue. For instance, whenever the female characters speak, the county attorney responded with a sarcastic attitude when they were bringing up the quilt and the knotting. The county attorney responded “Well ladies, have you decided whether she was going to quilt it or knot it?”(page 96) This reflects how female’s identity is not seriously recognised by the male character....   [tags: society, women, role, inferiority] 847 words
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Theme Analysis of the play Trifles - A play can be analyzed in multiple ways. One of these ways is through the play’s theme. The theme of a work is often a statement about life and the human condition. In the play Trifles by Susan Glaspell, the theme noticing the little things can make a difference can be explained through plot, character, and setting. The theme can be developed through the plot. In Trifles, Mr. Wright was found murdered in his bed, so the police arrested his wife. Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters, neighbors of the Wrights, went to Mrs....   [tags: Susan Glaspell] 485 words
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The Play Trifles by Susan Glaspell - The short one-act play Trifles by Susan Glaspell, was years ahead of its time. Its time was 1916 but the subject matter is timeless. The aspect of this play that most caught my interest was the contrast between the men and women characters. This is a play written in the early 1900s but transcends time periods and cultures. This play has many strengths and few weaknesses, but helps to provide a very accurate portrait of early American women and the issues they dealt with in everyday comings and goings....   [tags: essays research papers] 471 words
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Lack of Women Rights in Susan Glaspell´s Trifles - ... When ask to join them Mrs.Peters responded “I’m not—cold”(16). Mrs.Peters response shows how back then woman knew whatever they said meant nothing and that woman have no place in men’s business. Later on in the play, Mrs.Peters shows how many believe back then that a woman belongs in the home taking care of the house: “She said she wanted an apron. Funny thing to want, for there isn't much to get you dirty in jail, goodness knows. But I suppose just to make her feel more natural.” (261) This reference of her feeling more “natural” shows what society expected from woman back then....   [tags: conflict, setting, symbolism, dominant] 670 words
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Susan Glaspell´s Trifles: Women Unite - ... Wright goes by her first and last name. The men of the story feel so superior to the women; they begin to degrade Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peter’s curiosity in the “Trifles”. For example, the sheriff says “Can you beat the women. Held for murder and worryin’ about their preserves. (Booth, 750). The other men say continue to say negative things about the women as well. Their statements indicate that the women are frivolous and too small-minded to be concerned about the investigation. Additionally, the men criticize the state of their kitchen....   [tags: murder, investigation, evidence, women] 977 words
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Trifles by Susan Keating Glaspell - Trifles by Susan Keating Glaspell Mention the word feminist and most people think of the modern women's movement. Long before the bra burning of the 60’s, however, writers were writing about the lives and concerns of women living in a male dominated society. Susan Glaspell's play, Trifles, was written in 1916, long before the modern women's movement began. Her story reveals, through Glaspell's use of formal literary proprieties, the role that women are expected to play in society, and the harm that it brings not only the women, but the men as well....   [tags: essays research papers] 1256 words
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Trifles - Little Trifles Add Up to a Big Case Detectives are always looking for little pieces of evidence when investigating a crime. After all, it is this evidence that can turn a trial around, whether be it for the good or bad. This is especially the case in Susan Glaspell's Trifles. When Mrs. Hale comes across little pieces of evidence, she passes them off as being "trifles", hiding them from the detective. She is the sole reason that very little evidence is collected that would convict Mrs....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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