Analysis Of ' Othello ' And ' Trifles '

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At first glance or giving a slight ear to the two plays “Trifles” and “Othello” the differences can be very noticeable. “Othello” was written by a man William Shakespeare and “Trifles” by a women Susan Glaspell. While Glaspell authored her play in the twentieth century, Shakespeare on the other hand penned his play in the seventeenth century. “Trifles” theme dealt with isolation whereas jealousy was the theme in “Othello”. When taking a closer look and compare the two the use of verbal irony, situational irony, and dramatic irony are used in the same way to keep the audience intrigued and full of suspense. Glaspell comes out the shoot running with verbal irony the title, “Trifles”, which means a small thing or something of less…show more content…
Glaspell wittingly places Mrs. Peters, the sheriff’s wife in the middle of committing a crime yet while setting her up as Mrs. Doright. The County Attorney affirms this when he states, “No Mrs. Peters doesn’t need supervising. For that matter, a sheriff’s wife is married to the law” (Kennedy & Gioia 861). This keeps the audience wondering if she is going to uphold what she knows about the law or go forth in breaking it, yet another technique in heightening the suspense. Correspondingly, Shakespeare masters this element of situational irony in “Othello”. At the start of the play Iago does not think Cassio is fit for lieutenant, but rather it should be him. Iago makes this assertion, “Despise me If I do not. Three great ones of the city, In personal suit to make me his lieutenant,” (Kennedy & Gioia 963). Furthermore, Iago discredited Cassio’s ability by saying, “Forsooth, a great arithmetician, One Michael Cassio…” (Kennedy & Gioia 963). Iago desire was to get Cassio from his position so he could have it, he felt that Cassio only had book smarts about war and not actual participating in such acts. The irony in it comes at the end when Iago dies and Cassio is still alive and is promoted to general: “For they succeed on you. [To Cassio] To you, Lord Governor,” (Kennedy & Gioia 1060). Glaspell and Shakespeare kept their

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