An Analysis Of Susan Glaspell 's ' Trifles '

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The play Trifles written by Susan Glaspell is a mystery story of a murder that takes place in a small farming town. At the time the play was written women in the united states were still not given the opportunity to vote. It is through the mystery of this murder that we find the role of gender to be a major factor throughout the entirety of the play. In the play, we are given tandems of females and males to follow as they seek to solve the mystery of how Mrs. Wright’s husband was murdered. The tandems are composed of Mr. and Mrs. Hale, neighboring farmers, the town sheriff and his wife as well as the court attorney, George Henderson. The first indication to the role of gender in this play is when the men split from the women in search…show more content…
The first line of the play is from the court attorney directed at both Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Wright. “Court Attorney: this feels good. Come up to the fire, ladies. Mrs. Peters: I’m not—cold.” This quick sequence set the tone for the play as we are given the early creation of the dynamic between the women and them men of this play. It is obvious that the men are not willing to involve the women among the investigation because they think that they are unneeded. Offering the ladies to get cooped up by the fire is the same as asking the ladies to sit quietly as the men talk about the important things at hand. The response of Mrs. Hale though allows us to notice the awareness she has for how the male authority acknowledges her as unbeneficial to the investigation. Another example of the dynamic between women and men in the play is when the county attorney find the broken jar of trifles among the kitchen. “Sheriff: Well you cant beat the women! Held for murder and worryin’ about her preserves. County attorney: I guess before we’re through she may have something more serious than preserves to worry about. Mrs. Hale: Well, women are used to worrying over trifles. County attorney: And yet, for all their worries, what would we do without the ladies? Dirty Towels! Not much of a housekeeper, would you say ladies? Mrs. Hale:
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