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Trifles - Trifles The owner of the diner is waiting for his chance to go back south, and he knows that "they got two trains running every day". Wolf A numbers runner who sometimes uses the diner as his office. Risa The diner's waitress and cook. Holloway A regular who speaks out against the constant oppression of African Americans. Sterling Just released from jail, he needs to find a way to make a living. Hambone A man who stands up for what he believes he deserves. West The only wealthy man on stage owns the funeral home across the street....   [tags: Papers] 562 words
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Susan Glaspell's Use of an Unseen Central Character in Trifles - ... “Her life has been made miserable by an individual who has complete control of her” (Alkalay-Gut 3). What if Wright was, in private, a loving husband. Sometimes the faces and attitudes people show in public are very different then the ones they show in private. No true evidence is ever shown that Wright was anything less than a loving husband, other than the opinions of Mrs. Hale, who admits to not having spent time with Minnie or Wright for several years (Glaspell 1384). The audience and the characters assume that Minnie’s motivation for killing John Wright was that John had killed the bird....   [tags: story and character analysis and development]
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Irony of Small Trifles - Irony of Small Trifles            In the drama Trifles, Glaspell shows two main view points. That is how the men have the role of being the head of everything and how the women do not get as fairly treated and are only house maids to the men. She characterizes the men as not giving the women the credit they deserve for their hard labors each and everyday. The sheriff, attorney, and neighboring farmer help prove how in the past men were completely superior to women. By showing these two points it makes us feel more sympathetic for the women because of how they are treated....   [tags: essays glaspell Papers]
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Trifles by Susan Glaspell - Trifles was written in the early 1900's by Susan Glaspell. This occurred far before the women's movement. Women were generally looked upon as possessions to their husbands. Their children, all wages, and belongings were property of their husbands. In Glaspell's story it is easily depicted as to what role the men and women portrayed in society at this time. Glaspell proves her point by a conversation between two women in this story. The women, Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale, are at the scene of the murder of John Wright....   [tags: essays research papers] 458 words
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Trifles by Susan Glaspell - According to the Merriam -Webster Online Dictionary an assumption is a belief that something is true or a fact or statement that is taken for granted. Susan Glaspell wrote "Trifles" to demonstrate the male assumption that women are insignificant members in a male dominated society. Because the men underestimate them, the women are able to prove they are not insignificant. The improper assumptions by men toward women can have dire consequences, as demonstrated in Glaspell's world. Combating these narcissistic assumptions displayed by men can result in a unity among women that can overcome any male caused disrespect and oppression....   [tags: misogyny, feminism, sexism, equal rights] 1228 words
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Trifles by Susan Glaspell - Trifles by Susan Glaspell Susan Glaspells's Trifles is a little gem of a play. In one short act, the playwright presents the audience with a complex human drama leaving us with a haunting question. Did an abused Nebraska farm wife murder her husband. Through the clever use of clues and the incriminating dialogue of the two main characters, this murder mystery unfolds into a psychological masterpiece of enormous proportions. Written in 1916, the play deals with the theme of the roles of women in society....   [tags: Papers] 605 words
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Trifles by Susan Glaspell - Trifles by Susan Glaspell In the short play "Trifles,” by Susan Glaspell, various questions and issues originate concerning with the bond between women, the difference between male and female, and what life was like in the early nineteen century for women. In addition, the importance and development of symbols are crucial. Throughout the play, Glaspell uses symbols to further and support Minnie’s isolation and lack of happiness in her life. Although the answers may be evident there is room for guesswork and doubt....   [tags: Papers] 581 words
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Trifles by Susan Glaspell - Trifles by Susan Glaspell Susan Glaspell's Trifles explores male-female relationships through the murder investigation of the character of Mr. Wright. The play takes place in Wright's country farmhouse as the men of the play, the county attorney, the sheriff, and Mr. Hale, search for evidence as to the identity and, most importantly, the motive of the murderer. However, the men never find the clues that would lead them to solving this murder case. Instead, it is their female counterparts who discover the evidence needed, and who are able to do so because of their gender....   [tags: Papers] 632 words
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Trifles and Cuban Swimmer - Mrs. Wright and Margarita are timely examples of the age old saying, "You've pushed me too far." Both of them were pushed throughout life to live up to someone else's expectations and in their own way they break and handle it they only way they know how. The women are under constant pressure to be someone that another person expects them to be and both women begin giving in to the expectations they can no longer live up to. Mrs. Wright lashes out in revenge while Margarita gives in and almost falls to her death....   [tags: American Literature] 756 words
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The Battle of the Sexes in Susan Glaspell's Trifles - The Battle of the Sexes in Susan Glaspell's Trifles 'Well, women are used to worrying over trifles,' (Glaspell 957) remarks crime scene eyewitness Mr. Hale in Susan Glaspell's short play Trifles. As this quotation blatantly demonstrates, literature has had a lengthy history of gender bias, both in terms of adequate representation of women as authors and as formidable, strong characters. In this reference to his and the sheriff's wives, Mr. Hale presents the argumentative conflict that will prove prevalent, if latent, throughout the course of this work....   [tags: Feminism condescending males men]
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Feminist Message in Susan Glaspell's Trifles - The Feminist Message in Susan Glaspell's Trifles Susan Glaspell's Trifles can be regarded as a work of feminist literature. The play depicts the life of a woman who has been suppressed, oppressed, and subjugated by a patronizing, patriarchal husband. Mrs. Wright is eventually driven to kill her "hard" (1178) husband who has stifled every last twitch of her identity. Trifles dramatizes the hypocrisy and ingrained discrimination of male-dominated society while simultaneously speaking to the dangers for women who succumb to such hierarchies....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]
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Silent Justice in a Different Key: Suzy Clarkson Holstein´s Trifles - I. Article Summary: Suzy Clarkson Holstein's article, “Silent Justice in a Different Key: Glaspell's 'Trifles'” evaluates the play Trifles and how the difference between the men in the play mirror how a woman's perspective is very different from a man's. Trifles is about two women, Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale, who show up at a house with their husbands and the county attorney to investigate a murder. The entire time the men are looking for evidence to implicate the accused wife, Minnie Wright, of killing her husband....   [tags: article analysis, women]
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To Kill a Canay: A Contrast and Comparison of Trifles to a Jury of Her Peers - To Kill A Canary: A Contrast and Comparison of Trifles To a Jury of Her Peers by Susan Glaspell: If your husband had just been murdered, would your first concern be of your jar of preserves bursting. The short story “ A Jury of Her Peers” and play “Trifles” share an abudance of similarities. The setting in both takes place during winter in Dickson County, Nebraska. This is a rutal town located in the farm belt of the United States in the early part of the 1900’s. Glaspell craftfully uses the discussions between the characters and symbolism in both stories to bring focus to and reject how males viewed and treated females in rural America in the 1900’s....   [tags: Susan Glaspell short story analysis] 897 words
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Symbols and the Struggles of Women - A woman strangled her husband to death. Another woman died due to extreme happiness after she was told her husband passed away in an accident. “Trifles” and “The Story of an Hour” are the two short stories associated with these plots. The two texts are perplexing which is why they use symbols. Both stories use objects figuratively to reveal a hidden story that contributes to the theme which is pain and loneliness may provoke a person to act in selfish ways. Symbols can display the characters feelings towards one another and the major conflict of the text....   [tags: Trifles, The Story of an Hour]
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A Comparison of Mrs. Hale and Mr. Wright in Trifles, by Susan Glaspell - In the play Trifles, written by Susan Glaspell, a small number of people are at the Wright house trying to figure out why and how Mr. Wright was murdered. Mrs. Wright is already the suspect, and all that is needed for the case is evidence for a motive. The jury needs something to show anger or sudden feeling so that they can convict her for murder. The men, Mr. Henderson, Mr. Peters, and Mr. Hale are there to find the evidence. The women, Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale, are there to pick up a select few items for Mrs....   [tags: Susan Glaspell, Hale, Wright]
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Expression of Common Viewpoints of the Early 1900's in "Trifles", by Susan Glaspell - The play "Trifles", by Susan Glaspell , is an examination of the points of view of the early 1900s against women and equality. The most noticeable theme in this story is men discrediting women's intelligence and their ability to do a man’s job, as detectives, in the story. A less noticeable theme is the sympathy the women in the plot find for each other. Examining the play from this viewpoint we see a diverse set of characters, a plot, and a final act of sacrifice. The three main characters, Mrs....   [tags: women, opression, equality] 754 words
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Apparent Feminisms In The Play Trifles by Susan Glaspell - Apparent Feminisms In The Play Trifles by Susan Glaspell Male domination in 1916, when Susan Glaspell’s play Trifles was written, was the way of life. Men controlled most women and women were not very outspoken during that time period. Mr. Wright in her play was no different from the rest, but she made him a symbol of all the men in the community. The play opens at the scene of the crime. The first three characters who enter the room are the three men involved in the investigation of the murder at hand....   [tags: Papers] 387 words
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Death in The Story of an Hour, What the Living Do, and Trifles - Death is a topic that is often not discussed in the western culture. When the topic of death is brought up, the conversation is quick and not many questions are asked. Authors, though, open the minds of their readers to see the topic of death in a new light. Some authors use humor, others drama and some even leave the audience with many unanswered questions. The point is that authors write about death in their own ways, and this does not exclude the authors of ―The Story of an Hour,‖ ―What the Living Do,‖ and Trifles....   [tags: The Story of an Hour 2014]
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Timeless Aspects of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark and Trifles - Timeless Aspects of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark and Trifles William Shakespeare is considered the greatest playwright, if not the greatest writer in the history of literature. His criticisms of society in his works have passed the “test of time,” and still are as significant today as they were when they were first written. There are many similarities in Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare, and Trifles by Susan Glaspell, written in the early 20th century, that further support the timelessness of Shakespeare’s works....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]
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A Comparison of Feminism in Trifles and A Jury of Her Peers - Feminism in Trifles and A Jury of Her Peers       As a strong feminist, Susan Glaspell wrote “Trifles” and then translated it to a story called “A Jury of Her Peers.”  These works express Glaspell’s view of the way women were treated at the turn of the century.  Even though Glaspell is an acclaimed feminist, her story does not contain the traditional feminist views of equal rights for both sexes.      The short story and the play written by Susan Glaspell are very much alike.  The story takes place in an old country town in the early 1900’s.  Mr....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Hamlet and Trifles: Aspects of the Past Relevant to the Present - Hamlet and Trifles: Aspects of the Past Relevant to the Present 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....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]
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Comparing Suppression of Women in Feminine Mystique, Radicalesbians, and Trifles - Suppression of Women through Isolation in The Feminine Mystique, Radicalesbians, and Trifles It is far easier to break the spirit of one human being than that of a united group of people. Betty Friedan’s "The Feminine Mystique", "Radicalesbians", and Susan Glaspell’s "Trifles" come to the same conclusion: isolation and separation caused women to be vulnerable to domination by male society. Social stigmatization by men, an inability to describe the situation, and a lack of personal identity kept women apart from one another....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays] 634 words
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Aspects of Life in Hamlet, Prince of Denmark and Trifles - Aspects of Life in Hamlet, Prince of Denmark and Trifles In William Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, the protagonist, Hamlet, has arrived “from his university studies to find Claudius, his uncle, ruling Denmark and married to his mother, Gertrude. Her remarriage within two months of his father’s death has left Hamlet disillusioned, confused, and suspicious about Claudius” (DiYanni 1394). These types of crimes do not only happen in a person’s imagination, or in a made-up play, but also in our society today....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]
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A Prequel to Susan Glaspell's Short Story, Trifles - A Prequel to Susan Glaspell's Short Story, "Trifles" Minnie Foster was once described as the belle of the ball. To look at her tonight for the first time you could see why. She carried herself with both an air of confidence and modesty at the same time. Her small eyes dominated her face. They did not look directly at you anymore though. Still, they seemed all knowing and experienced as if they were able to see and know secrets about you that you wish no one knew. Her slender peaked nose was no match for the full lips she had, lips that never uttered a sound and which have become as pale as her knuckles....   [tags: Short Story Creative Writing Essays] 1004 words
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Comparing Men's Assumptions in Susan Glaspell's Trifles and Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House - Men's Assumptions in Trifles and A Doll House There are many similarities in the relationships between men and women in Susan Glaspell's Trifles and Henrik Ibsen's A Doll House. The conflict in each play is the result of incorrect assumptions made by the males of a male-dominated society. The men believe that women focus on trivial matters and are incapable of intelligent thinking, while the women quietly prove the men's assumptions wrong. In the plays Trifles and A Doll House men believe women only focus on trivial matters....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Comparing Relationships in Susan Glaspell's Trifles and Cherrie Moraga's Giving Up the Ghost - Female Relationships in Susan Glaspell's Trifles and Cherrie Moraga's Giving Up the Ghost The plays Trifles, by Susan Glaspell, and Giving Up the Ghost, by Cherrie Moraga, focus on women's interaction in various contexts. Despite the seventy-eight years between their performance dates and the drastic difference in settings and narrative content, the main female characters are comparable, as Mrs. Hale, in Trifles, points out, "We all go through the same things -- it's just a different kind of the same thing" (Norton Anthology of Literature by Women, 1359)....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]
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Woman in Time - The average woman’s role in society today, starkly contrasts that of the female social norm expressed in eras predating the current; however, similarities do exist. Women once existed in the background, limited to lives of household responsibilities, compelled by overwhelming societal expectations to obey their male counterpart, and preform a set of domestic duties specific to their gender. Today this is not the case, however certain gender related expectations remain intact, and for this reason gender roles are still a prominent aspect of everyday social dynamics....   [tags: Women's Role, Trifles, Susan Glaspell]
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Defined Roles: Hazardous or Beneficial - Throughout the 20th century, women were labeled by their gender roles in society. These roles isolate women from men in many aspects of life. The role of women during this time was centered on being an excellent mother and caretaker of the house. Women that achieved their gender role in this society were honored, but those who failed where subject to isolation from both classes. The play Trifles illustrates some of the common gender roles associated with women and how it affected their interactions together....   [tags: Gender Roles, Trifles, The Yellow Wall-paper] 1076 words
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Women's Struggle for Equal Rights in the Play, Trifles by Susan Gaspell - A trifle is an article or thing of very little value. For years, women have struggled for equal rights. The right to be heard, the right for her opinion to have meaning and value. This is evident in this play as it is evident in today’s society. During the time this play was written in 1916, women did not have the right to vote. Women fought for the right to vote just as they are still forced to fight for rights of the women today, and one such right would be the right for equal pay when doing the same job as a man....   [tags: workforce, abuse, vote, ] 930 words
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Trifles - Characters Mrs. Peters Mrs. Hale Mrs. Wright Sheriff Peters Scene: Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters bringing Mrs. Wright her personal belongings. Time Period of the Play Mrs. Hale: Minnie how yer’ holding up. Mrs. Wright: Alright I guess, how is my fruit. Mrs. Peters: (nervously digging in her bag) Oh they are just fine, here we brought you one of you jars of cherries. Mrs. Hale: Minnie (in a low tense manner), Mrs. Peters and I thought it was a good idea to bring some of the quilt boxes you were piecing together, you know to keep your mind off all this for a while, but as we gathered your sewing material we found-we found… Mrs....   [tags: essays research papers] 1108 words
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A Psychoanalytical Perspective of Susan Glaspell’s Trifle - The psychoanalytical perspective is a method of shifting from a hidden to an obvious subject matter which encompasses a process of awareness as well as translation (The Free Dictionary by Farlex, 2010). From a psychoanalyst perspective I will examine the linguistic symbolism of the text in the short play, “Trifle” to arrive at the underlying suppressed concepts of the author. Susan Glaspell- an Iowa native- filled her play with a hint of mid-western flavor. She also made a point to include a sense of feminist pride which was mirrored by her three main characters, Mrs....   [tags: Susan Glaspell, Trifle]
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Women´s Role During the Twentieth Century: Susan Glaspell - ... Instead of asking what the women, who obviously know more about sewing, thought of the quilt, the men sarcastically ask whether or not Mrs. Wright planned to “quilt it or knot it.” Unseen by the men, there was a corner sewn by Mrs. Wright that was very different from all the others. The women describe it as, “looks as if she doesn’t know what she was about” (Glaspell). This evidence shows that Mrs. Wright was focused on something other than sewing while completing this corner (Mustazza 5). Although it does not prove that she killed her husband, it is suspicious to the women and leads them to find more clues about the mystery....   [tags: triffles, stereotypical view] 1125 words
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How to Make a Chocolate Trifle - Baking to me is passion; it is an art. It gives me an opportunity to create. I love to bake and my specialty is desserts. It was very hard to narrow down and decide what it is that I wanted to write about being that there are so many dishes and desserts that I have mastered throughout the years. One of my favorite, yet simple, desserts to make is a Chocolate Trifle. My trifles in addition to my pound cakes have become one of the most requested desserts to make. Making a Chocolate Trifle involves preparation and learning the language of the kitchen....   [tags: Process Essay] 719 words
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Trifle by Susan Glaspell - Women have lived for generations being treated as nothing more than simple-minded creatures who were able to do little more than take care of their husbands and maintain a home, but that idea is dangerous. The years of abusing women by withholding their rights, belittling them, and keeping them in the home was sometimes detrimental to not only the female sex, but to the males sex as well. Susan Glaspell is the author of the short play “Trifle” , in which Mrs. Wright, the housewife of a local farmer, is being investigated for the murder of her husband....   [tags: women's rights, murder, sexist]
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Summary of Characters in the Play Trifle by Susan Gaspell - 1. A trifle is something of little value. The title, "Trifles," refers to the seemingly small, unimportant details that women focus on both in solving the murder case, and in regular life. These small, domestic details focused on by Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters, and overlooked by the men in the story, are the evidence that the men are searching for. Because the men see these trifles as insignificant, and only for women, they never get the evidence they wanted. The women did not only look at the obvious aspects of the murder, like the men....   [tags: murder, canary, symbol]
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Glasswells Trifle - Psychopathic: One Murder after Another In Susan Glaspell’s Trifles, Mrs. Wright has been arrested for the murder of her husband. The author describes her as a hard working house wife. She would spend hours in the hot summer making fruit preserves. Minnie Foster uses to be lively and social before she married John Wright. She would sing in a choir like a beautiful bird. From this perspective, readers will surely believe she is innocent. There is no way a sweet lady like her could have committed such a hideous crime, or could she....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Pythagorean Triples - Pythagorean Triples Almost everyone knows of the "3-4-5triangle," one of the right triangles found in every draftsman's toolkit (along with the 45-45-90). This triangle is different from most right triangles because it has three integer edges. Pythagoras' theorem tells us that the squares of the sides of a right triangle sum to give to the square of the hypotenuse: 32 + 42 = 52 I am often asked whether this relationship is unique, or if there are other right triangles with three integer edges as well....   [tags: Papers] 2187 words
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Everyday Roles and the Female Choice - A work of literature often subtlety alludes to a situation in society that the author finds particularly significant. Susan Glaspell incorporates social commentary into her play Trifles. By doing so, she highlights the gender stratification that exists even in the most basic interactions and presents a way to use this social barrier to an acceptable end. Despite being written almost a century before present day, Glaspell’s findings and resulting solution are still valid in a modern context. Trifles demonstrates the roles of men and women in their everyday behaviour and interaction....   [tags: Gender Studies]
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Literary Look at Susan Glaspell - Susan Glaspell is a thought-provoking exemplar of an authentic early feminist writer, “born in 1882 in Davenport, Iowa.” (Learner) She grew up in a small, conservative, middle-class town in the Midwest, which had a powerful influence on her. Her evolution from regional focused compositions to modernism was made possible and achieved by her geographical relocation to the east coast. Following her graduation “from Drake University” (Learner) she found there to be copious boundaries and restraints for women in the work place....   [tags: Feminism, Author]
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A Deep Connection - Once, as a young sailor roaming the ominous and historic streets of New London, Connecticut, while mischievously walking the length of New London’s legendary Bank Street, infamous for its boisterous bars. I noticed, a grand theater and street named after Eugene O’Neill. Of course, in my naiveté, I did not know why the city of New London had given such homage this man. Truth be told, I had recently learned about the deep connection between Susan Glaspell and Eugene O ‘Neill. They are the two most influential Playwrights in our American history....   [tags: Playwrights]
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A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen - ... In “A Doll’s House” it is shown that “a woman's place was in the home, as domesticity and motherhood were considered by society at large to be a sufficient emotional fulfillment for females” (Abrams). For Nora, marrying Helmer certainly did not signify any type of internal character change. Nora marries Helmer but their marriage wasn’t like normal marriages. It is clear that Nora considered Helmer more of as a father than a husband “In the raging debate over the morality of Nora’s behavior, however, it is altogether too easy to neglect Helmer’s dramatic function in the play....   [tags: ideal woman, victorian era] 910 words
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Susan Glaspell's Battle Against Sexism with Feminist Drama - Susan Glaspell's Battle Against Sexism with Feminist Drama Susan Glaspell wrote in a time when women were supposed to be submissive to the men of the society, especially their husbands. She bucked the system and fought traditional gender roles with her plays, short stories and essays. Susan Glaspell was born in 1882 in Davenport, Iowa. She led a rather uneventful childhood. She attended Drake University in Des Moines where she received her Ph.D. in Philosophy. Before becoming an author, she was a reporter for the Des Moines Daily News....   [tags: Papers] 583 words
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Feminism in Drama, Fiction and Poetry - Literature is a part of human culture and values because humans are social animals that communicate through speech, music and writing. Literature comes in three forms; Drama, Fiction and Poetry. By using these forms of literature, we are able to send and receive messages in a creative and imaginative way. We are able to receive a deeper meaning from its content by reading and understanding literature. People write creative works to express their opinions or feelings from a particular subject or issue....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Feminist Themes of Susan Glaspell's Plays - ... Another major theme is the female identity, and it is found mostly within the analysis of Mrs. Wright and Mrs. Peters. In her marriage, Mrs. Wright was a woman who lost her identity because her husband destroyed every piece of who she was as Minnie Foster. Mrs. Wright shows no sign of Minnie Foster any more because of her husband. Her individual female identity was destroyed by his need for power and control over her. His control reached into every aspect of her life, so much so that after she killed him, she seemed not only very strange but according to Mr....   [tags: first American femlae playwrights]
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Behaviors Affect Actions - People’s personalities do not only influence how they respond to the environment, but also causes people to behave and act in a certain way. An individual’s experiences, whether good or bad, will influence his or her behavior at a later time. People “create their own realities” through their personalities, which leads to an inevitable outcome. A psychological, critical analysis will demonstrate how the personalities of Mrs. Hale from Trifles by Susan Glaspell, and Oedipus from Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, are the primary cause of their eventual destiny....   [tags: Character Analysis]
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Attitudes About Women in Society - Today’s society and the society of the early 1900s have completely diverse attitudes and beliefs about women. This ranges from their roles in society to what they’re supposed to do in the household, plus where their place is around men. In today’s society, however, women are allowed to vote, have high-paying jobs, and even own property. Some men may say that a woman’s place is in the kitchen; but on the other hand, a select handful of men and all women will disagree. In Susan Glaspell’s “Trifles”, the setting is mainly the main living quarter, which contains the kitchen and living room....   [tags: roles, cooking, divorce]
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Breaking Away From Society: A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen - ... When the marriage finally comes to an end, Torvald is devastated for only a quick moment that Nora has gone. He thinks to himself, “Empty. She’s gone. (A hope flashes across his mind.) The most wonderful miracle of all?” (Ibsen 1650). The distress the marriage was causing was, in fact, not only affecting Nora, but putting a strain on the entire family. The only reason the marriage did not come to an end sooner was the need for Torvald and Nora to keep up their appearances. Society was not accepting of women fighting back in their marriage and especially did approve of a mother and wife leaving her husband and children....   [tags: marriage ideals, torvald]
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