Compare And Contrast Faulkner And Trifles

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Throughout history, and especially in the early 20th century, women were not in the same arena as men; they were not a man’s equal. The Mariam-Webster Online Dictionary, defines “trifle” as something of “little value, substance, or importance,” which is the way women are seen in both William Faulkner’s short story, “A Rose for Emily” and Susan Glaspell’s one-act play, Trifles. Both authors use of style and settings are different but their theme is the same. Faulkner and Glaspell were born and wrote in approximately the same era, America’s late 19th and early 20th centuries. Glaspell, the author of Trifles is from the northern United States and uses a lower class, uneducated vernacular of that area; whereas, “A Rose for Emily” is written in an eloquent upper-class English tone, by Faulkner who was from the south. Faulkner metaphorically and symbolically describes the personality, life, and death of the main character, Ms. Emily Grierson, and the murder- mystery surrounding her. Glaspell’s murder -mystery Trifles also surrounds the life and death of the main character, Mrs. Wright, and her husband. Both women, while representing opposite ends of the socio-economic class spectrum, are isolated and lonely,not only due to their social class but also due to a time in history when men were not kind to the “fairer sex.”
It may be the same era and the same basic theme between both writings, but there are two significant differences -- social class and physical location. The

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