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The “Trifles,” by Susan Glaspell, is a well written, insightful play of how women were perceived and treated during the 1800-1900’s. The title alone becomes an important focal point of the gender role conflicts. The roles of the women in the story provide needed tension of a situation that is not at all trifling. A domestic crime scene accuses a wife of allegedly killing her husband. The investigating town’s men follow the routine protocol and standard criminal justice procedures. Just like most criminal minds, they use their own logical reasoning, but the men are not able to produce conclusive evidence and prove that the wife actually killed her spouse. A few of the town’s women visit the and unintentionally discover many clues that... View More »

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It took a brief pause in conversation for the attorney to realize the ladies were still beside the door. The reader can assume that women are being discriminated by being unimportant because of their role status which are second-rate to the men and are suppose to be out of sight unless spoken to (Jackson 2). The sheriff asks Mr. Hale to describe everything that he saw after finding Mr. Wright’s body. Mr. Hale explains the events of his coming in the home and speaking to Mrs. Wright. During the dialogue amongst the men allows the reader to hear the demeaning view they actually have for the women. For example, Mr. Hale declares that “women are used to worrying about trifles” (Holstein 283). Mr. Hale is demeaning all the household task and details women are responsible for. He truly tries to imply the unimportance of running a home. It also shows his ignorance of how the duties are vital in allowing a household to function smoothly. Not to mention his own wife’s hard work in their home.

The attorney just happens to be looking for evidence in the cupboard closet and sees a huge mess of broken preservative jars and says, “Here’s a nice mess” (Glaspell 1263) once again attacking and belittling the women. While the men went upstairs to find evidence, the women are told to “listen to the men’s steps, then look about in the kitchen” (Mustazza 492). The ladies are motionless and silent until the men proceed to go upstairs. The ladies are alone in the kitchen and they begin to concentrate on what could have happened to leave the kitchen in such a mess. While talking among ...

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